Five Empresses: Court Life in Eighteenth-Century Russia

Five Empresses Court Life in Eighteenth Century Russia From the untimely demise of the year old Peter the Great in to nearly the end of that century the fate of the Russian empire would rest largely in the hands of five tsarinas This book tells t

  • Title: Five Empresses: Court Life in Eighteenth-Century Russia
  • Author: Evgenii V. Anisimov
  • ISBN: 9780275984649
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From the untimely demise of the 52 year old Peter the Great in 1725 to nearly the end of that century, the fate of the Russian empire would rest largely in the hands of five tsarinas This book tells their stories Peter s widow Catherine I 1725 27 , an orphan and former laundress, would gain control of the ancestral throne, a victorious army, and formidable navy in a couFrom the untimely demise of the 52 year old Peter the Great in 1725 to nearly the end of that century, the fate of the Russian empire would rest largely in the hands of five tsarinas This book tells their stories Peter s widow Catherine I 1725 27 , an orphan and former laundress, would gain control of the ancestral throne, a victorious army, and formidable navy in a country that stretched from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific Ocean Next, Anna Ioannovna 1730 40 , chosen by conniving ministers who sought an ineffectual puppet, would instead tear up the document that would have changed the course of Russian history forever only to rule Russia as her private fiefdom and hunting estate The ill fated Anna Leopoldovna 1740 41 , groomed for the throne by her namesake aunt, would be Regent for her young son only briefly before a coup by her aunt Elizabeth would condemn Anna s family to a life of imprisonment, desolation, and death in obscurity The beautiful and shrewd Elizabeth 1741 61 would seize her father Peter s throne, but, obsessed with her own fading beauty, she would squander resources in a relentless effort to stay young and keep her rivals at bay Finally, Catherine the Great 1762 96 would overthrow and later order the murder of her own husband and rightful heir Astute and intelligent, Catherine had a talent for making people like her, winning them to her cause however, the era of her rule would be a time of tumultuous change for both Europe and her beloved Russia.In this vivid, quick paced account, Anisimov goes beyond simply laying out the facts of each empress s reign, to draw realistic psychological portraits and to consider the larger fate of women in politics Together, these five portraits represent a history of 18th century court life and international affairs Anisimov s tone is commanding, authoritative, but also convivial inviting the reader to share the captivating secrets that his efforts have uncovered.

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    1. Maybe four is a little high but I have looser standards for non fiction books. I think maybe this was too big a project for one book. I have read quite a bit about the two Catherine's and really was wanting more information about the three in between. Overall, if you are interested in the subject matter, you will find plenty of information here, presented in a different style than most biographies I have read, perhaps because the author is Russian. I generally enjoyed the style though and apprec [...]

    2. This book really made me sad. I loved Anisimov's "Reforms of Peter the Great." That book was truly enlightening, but this one just didn't work. It was full of hackneyed saying and poor historical research. There were constant references to "fate" in every chapter of the book, which bugged me endlessly. He also didn't seem to evaluate his sources all that thorougly. Whatever someone had to say about one of the Tsarinas was generally considered good enough to base broad generalizations upon. And l [...]

    3. Here is a history of 18th century Russia and the women who ruled as the Autocrats of All The Russias after the death of Peter the Great. This book is written by a Russian and I am assuming that it was translated to English from the original. The style is unusual as the author sometimes speaks directly to the reader; i.e.; "ader, you may want to return to page 243 to see the connection.". This is somewhat disconcerting.This is a slow read since the Russian names are very difficult to keep in pers [...]

    4. While this is a good overview of the chaotic and frequently volatile nature of court politics in tsarist Russia from the time of Peter the Great through the end of Catherine the Great's reign, it really shines as it chronicles the accessions and reigns of two often overlooked rulers, Anna Ioannovna and Anna Leopoldovna.Even though the author leaps from fact to conjecture a bit more than I would like, I predict that I will be rereading this collective biography more than once. Mr Anisimov's detai [...]

    5. This book offers a really interesting look into Russian history, but I felt it was a bit disjointed in places. It's structured so that each Tsarina gets a chapter, but the author is constantly moving back and forth in history attempting to explain the influences on each reign. Interesting, in depth, somewhat enjoyable, but a prior knowledge of Russian history is absolutely essential.

    6. I read this like a novel and I return to it as a reader who is fascinated by Russian history. I suspect it privileges a good story over dry fact - but a book about a century of women rulers, the stories of each gripping and terrifying and extraordinary, make it highly entertaining.

    7. I found it quaintly old fashioned until I realized that it wasn't an old book! A bit confusing at times. Once again does show that it is no fun being a royal.

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