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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Robert K. Massie

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity as a young woman, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers and, when she reached the throne, attempted to use their principles to guide her rule of the vast and backward Russian empire. She knew or corresponded with the preeminent historical figures of her time: Voltaire, Diderot, Frederick the Great, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette, and, surprisingly, the American naval hero, John Paul Jones. Reaching the throne fired by Enlightenment philosophy and determined to become the embodiment of the "benevolent despot" idealized by Montesquieu, she found herself always contending with the deeply ingrained realities of Russian life, including serfdom. She persevered, and for thirty-four years the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution that swept across Europe. Her reputation depended entirely on the perspective of the speaker. She was praised by Voltaire as the equal of the greatest of classical philosophers; she was condemned by her enemies, mostly foreign, as "the Messalina of the north." Catherine's family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies-all are here, vividly described. These included her ambitious, perpetually scheming mother; her weak, bullying husband, Peter (who left her lying untouched beside him for nine years after their marriage); her unhappy son and heir, Paul; her b

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mark Deakins

Length:

23h 58m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:36


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:20


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:56


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:18


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:08


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:32


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:09


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:59


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:47


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:45


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:59


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:34


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:15


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:02


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:05


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:15


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:11


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:25


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:37


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:14


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:30


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:47


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:32


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:47


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:48


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:57


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:00


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:05


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:14


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:29


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:19


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:48


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:45


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:35


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:43


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:21


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:46


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:29


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:36


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:06


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:03


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:14


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:31


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:51


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:04


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:42


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:17


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:49


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:06


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:39


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:52


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:29


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:59


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:33


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

06:28


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:41


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:05


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:48


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:10


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:54


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:05


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:11


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

04:42


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

07:19


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:03


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:53


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:15


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:34


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:41


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:34


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:21


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:27


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:20


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:13


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:43


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:57


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:30


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:29


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:32


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:22


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:17


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

07:12


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

07:00


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:12


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:15


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:06


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:56


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:08


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:06


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:03


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

06:18


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:07


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

05:33


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:52


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:13


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:48


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

05:01


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:37


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:03


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:24


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

06:13


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:11


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:06


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:12


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

07:03


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

07:28


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:33


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:05


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:19


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:30


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:42


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

07:05


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:51


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

08:22


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

06:13


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

06:27


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

07:22


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

05:42


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:33


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

06:34


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:56


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

07:07


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

07:02


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

07:01


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

06:27


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

05:06


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

08:16


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

07:57


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

07:12


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

07:08


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

07:06


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

07:10


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

05:37


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

06:48


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

06:23


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

05:19


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

05:50


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

06:10


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

06:13


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:15


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

07:02


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

06:56


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

07:19

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