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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great

The Memoirs of Catherine the Great Empress Catherine II brought Europe to Russia and Russia to Europe during her long and eventful reign She fostered the culture of the Enlightenment and greatly expanded the immense empire cr

  • Title: The Memoirs of Catherine the Great
  • Author: Catherine the Great Hilde Hoogenboom Markus Cruse
  • ISBN: 9780812969870
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • Empress Catherine II brought Europe to Russia, and Russia to Europe, during her long and eventful reign 1762 96 She fostered the culture of the Enlightenment and greatly expanded the immense empire created by Czar Ivan the Terrible, shifting the balance of power in Europe eastward Famous for her will to power and for her dozen lovers, Catherine was also a prolific andEmpress Catherine II brought Europe to Russia, and Russia to Europe, during her long and eventful reign 1762 96 She fostered the culture of the Enlightenment and greatly expanded the immense empire created by Czar Ivan the Terrible, shifting the balance of power in Europe eastward Famous for her will to power and for her dozen lovers, Catherine was also a prolific and gifted writer.Fluent in French, Russian, and German, Catherine published political theory, journalism, comedies, operas, and history, while writing thousands of letters as she corresponded with Voltaire and other public figures The Memoirs of Catherine the Great provides an unparalleled window into eighteenth century Russia and the mind of an absolute ruler.With insight, humor, and candor, Catherine presents her eyewitness account of history, from her whirlwind entry into the Russian court in 1744 at age fourteen as the intended bride of Empress Elizabeth I s nephew, the eccentric drunkard and future Peter III, to her unhappy marriage from her two children, several miscarriages, and her and Peter s numerous affairs to the political maneuvering that enabled Catherine to seize the throne from him in 1762 Catherine s eye for telling details makes for compelling reading as she describes the dramatic fall and rise of her political fortunes.This definitive new translation from the French is scrupulously faithful to her words and is the first for which translators have consulted original manuscripts written in Catherine s own hand It is an indispensable work for anyone interested in Catherine the Great, Russian history, or the eighteenth century.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. The Memoirs of Catherine the Greatwasn't the greatest. I picked up this book from the library, because Catherine was a strong woman who helped give Russia her beauty, and she (unfortunately?) murdered her husband to become Czar. She was the last female emperor in Russia, because her son, after inheriting the throne, hated her so much that he made it a law that females could not inherit the throne unless ALL the male line somehow vanished from the scene. (talk about family problems.) She sounds l [...]

    2. Η Αικατερίνη η μεγάλη ήταν μία από τις σπουδαιότερες γυναίκες της ιστορίας, οπότε είμαστε ιδιαίτερα τυχεροί που μέσα από τα απομνημονεύματα της μπορούμε να ακούσουμε τη φωνή της. Το κακό βέβαια είναι ότι η αφήγηση της σταματάει στα τρία χρόνια πριν την ενθρόνιση της, κάτι π [...]

    3. Reading this interesting memoir, I think, was a bit tough due to its length and innumerable important persons involved as narrated in her account; therefore, this extract should suffice to those keen future readers:… Begun nine years after her accession, this is the apologia for her course of action leading to the coup d’etat in 1762 and the deposition of her husband. Her account contains the intimate revelations of a woman of astonishing complexity; a woman whose ruthless schemes for Russia [...]

    4. I used to admire Catherine the Great, Russia's first (and only) Tsarina. The strong women who fought the Ottomans and gained more territory for Russia. The brave woman who brought the Enlightenment to Russia. The attractive woman who radically used her sex to influence politics. In her memoirs, SHE IS SO ANNOYING. She was the only female Tsarina of Russia, and all she writes about is crying over something her mom did or a servant the Empress sent away. She described her what she had for dinner a [...]

    5. This was another of the books that I tried to read, didn't have a real objection to, but just couldn't get in to it. Not all books can captivate every reader, so I think it is one you shouldn't discard if you are interested in the Russian royalty. It just wasn't one that grabbed me.

    6. Book covers years 1728 thru 1759. I think it was pretty dry and book really doesn't need prologue of 100 pages.

    7. Very different than the cyclopedic entries on this empress' life! We read of Paul III and yet the stunning details of his spousal removal are not included; a gossip magazine once said that Catherine assembled numerous lovers and ruled, though most of us can do only one of those things. Romantic impressions from Hollywood's THE SCARLET EMPRESS with Marlene Dietrich sum up our appreciations of Catherine, despite her real life as lived and seen by us here; we read of mother-in-law unpleasant masque [...]

    8. Though I enjoyed reading this memoir it took me a very long time to finish. The end of the memoir was pretty dry. The book covers the years of 1728 thru 1759. I'm drawn to the life of Catherine the Great as I can relate to much of her life. She was cynical and sincere. "A Humanitarian and an enlightened ruler but ruthless." She believed that "human reason, common sense and tolerance could combat ignorance, tyranny and superstition to build an an enlightened better world." A graphomaniac who enjo [...]

    9. "Вот так всегда: на самом интересном месте!"Удивительно, конечно, читать воспоминания Екатерины Великой. Не могу не отметить, что у нее хороший слог и отличное чувство юмора. Автобиографию воспринимаешь как увлекательный роман о закулисной жизни русского императорского дв [...]

    10. A wonderful memoir! It is a truly honest work by a no holds barred woman. This work gives fine detail about court life in 18th-century Russia. Although Catherine was constantly surrounded by people at court, she often remarked about being bored and lonely (it didn't help that she had a childish and cruel husband who was a complete maniac) and usually kept to herself by reading and walking around in the garden. I was really surprised by how much the royal family moved around. They had summer and [...]

    11. "The Memoirs of Catherine the Great", edited by Dominique Maroger. 1961. Peter the Great set the stage that allowed for a string of powerful women to dominate 18th century Russia. Catherine, along with her predecessors, through art, architecture and fashion, bequeathed Russia with unique sense of style, a kind of femininity that had not before existed. But more than simply leaving Russia with great beauty, Catherine expanded her country's borders and dramatically strengthened her armies forcing [...]

    12. This book illustrates the characteristics required of an empress, wisdom, grace, beauty, intelligence, loyalty, honesty, wit, patience, intuition, etc. The funny part of this book is that Catherine is described as having all these characteristics byCatherine. I gave this book only a three star rating, because I found it difficult to keep up with all the characters and plots within plots detailed in this memoir. Also, this memoir ends abruptly at in integral point in Catherine's life. Therefor, I [...]

    13. This was an very good portrayal of one of history's greatest leaders, Catherine the Great. Robert Massie was able to give a more personal look into Catherine's life via letters from friends and loved ones. Though Madariaga's biography was more concise, I liked this book better because it afforded me the opportunity to "see" what it was like to live in Catherine's 1700s. Massies' book really delved into Catherine's love life which always seemed related to her political life. All in all, a great b [...]

    14. I liked this memoir. It was well written, but it wasn't what I was expecting. Maybe I've just heard too much of the salacious gossipy stuff about Catherine. I think I should have read a biography about her first and then made the attempt to read this memoir of hers. She ended this memoir sooner than I thought she would. She didn't even touch on her time as Empress. I feel like some essential pieces have been left out of the story, so I can’t really write a decent review. I will be reading her [...]

    15. I read this right after a trip to Moscow, so I found it fascinating. If you just happened across it and didn't have Russian on the brain, maybe not. A warning--this was a memoir written for future publication, not a diary, so it was really Catherine's attempt to vindicate herself and doesn't go into much seamy detail. And it doesn't cover her reign at all, just the years from her marriage until right before her reign. But it was a good read for anyone wanting to know about the workings of the Ru [...]

    16. This edition is highly annotated and highly interesting. I am probably a little biased since the translator and annotator taught my university course in which this book was discussed, but I had read great things about this edition before I heard of the professor. The annotations are extremely helpful in understanding the aristocratic environment surrounding Catherine and helpful for the Russian cultural neophyte. Catherine had a brilliant mind and it shows in her clever memoirs.

    17. Difficult to get through. I got about 3/4 of the way through and could not make another page. Interesting topic and the first half seemed to flow much better than the 2nd. I wanted to make it to the end, but it just got so brutally boring I stopped caring. I agree with some of the other posts I read, who wants to read page after page of whining or here some of the same details referenced again and again.

    18. Love it! She's such a facinating person to me and her perspective on things is also interesting.She might have been the Empress of all Russia but she was actually German.I just LOVE that she wrote this herself nearly 300 years ago!

    19. The memoirs of Catherine The Creta El preámbulo demasiado extenso y sobre cargado de datos. La biografía vanal, propia de la frivolidad de las cortes europeas y por el periodo que abarca no contiene lomas importante que fue su reinado y que es lo esperaba leer.

    20. Fantastic. Very easy to read, once you get by all the Russian names. Also, there is a table of ranks and orders at the back that I suggest reading first.

    21. Disappointing. Sometimes I had no idea what was going on. Hardly enough to begin to know Catherine The Great.

    22. Fascinating. Even during her teenage years, it was obvious that this lady was a born survivor, possessed of an enormous level of political acumen.

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