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The Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin
The Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin by Sebag Montefiore 0312278152 9780312278151
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The Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin by Sebag Montefiore

Prince Grigory Potemkin was Catherine the Greats lover, secret husband, and partner in ruling the Russian Empire. Their affair was so tumultuous, they negotiated an arrangement that allowed them to share power while he was free to love his beautiful nieces, and Catherine, her favorites. But they never stopped loving each other. Their endearing and passionate relationship remains one of historys most remarkable love affairs. Potemkin shone as an outstandingly gifted statesman, winning the Crimea, founding the Black Sea Fleet, reforming the Cossacks, planning new cities like Sebastopol and Odessa, and making Russia a Near Eastern power - achievements in war and peace that emulated his hero Peter the Great. He embodied the strengths and weaknesses of Russia itself - volatile, ebullient, handsome, sensual, and always astonishing. His bizarre magnificence enchanted and scandalized Europe. Yet he disdained his own success. He was surrounded by a cosmopolitan court that included brilliant Americans, such as Admiral John Paul Jones, and Lewis Littlepage, a friend of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Both served under Potemkin against the Turks. An obsessive Anglophile, he commissioned Joshua Reynolds and created an English garden wherever he stopped for the night. In 1787, this master showman presided over Catherines Crimean river-tour, so sumptuous it was compared to Cleopatras progress. Potemkins enemies claimed he displayed fake houses - Potemkin villages - a smear this biography lays to rest. After five years new research in archives from Petersburg to Odessa, Sebag Montefiore shoes how Potemkin and Catherine, with their younger lovers, created their own family. He brings blazingly to life Potemkins loving partnership with Catherine and restores him to his place as a colossus of the eighteenth century. When he died, Catherine was heartbroken. She said there could never be another Potemkin.

Author: Sebag Montefiore

Language: English

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 672

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Publication Date: 2001-11-07

Our Price: $4.34

ISBN: 0312278152

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