Catherine: Inside the Heart and Mind of a Great Monarch

Catherine: Inside the Heart and Mind of a Great Monarch

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by Sigrid Weidenweber
     
 
"You look astonishingly pretty," admits Johanna when Sophia steps out of her bedroom dressed in Ulrika's magnificent gown. Sophia is stunned, halting in mid-step. This is rare praise from her cold mother, so she must, indeed, look very good. At Frederick's side during the elaborate court dinner, Sophia shines and sparkles with youth and wit. The monarch is very

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"You look astonishingly pretty," admits Johanna when Sophia steps out of her bedroom dressed in Ulrika's magnificent gown. Sophia is stunned, halting in mid-step. This is rare praise from her cold mother, so she must, indeed, look very good. At Frederick's side during the elaborate court dinner, Sophia shines and sparkles with youth and wit. The monarch is very pleased with his choice. Indeed, he is so enamored with the girl that he opens his purse to outfit mother and daughter, both woefully deficient in material matters appropriate for court life.

So begins the transformation of Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst into Catherine the Great of Russia. The personal and professional triumphs and tribulations of this remarkable woman are retold by Sigrid Weidenweber, whose research into the life of Catherine reveals a new perspective on Catherine, from the inside out. Sigrid portrays with heartfeld understanding what it was like to have been such a major European political and military, social and cultural figure during the eighteenth century.

Editorial Reviews

Back cover - Vladimir Bukovsky
"Well researched and well written, it gives a unique insight into the tragic and fascinating story of Volga Germans over three centuries. Pasrts of it (such as volume 3) can and should be turned into an excellent movie, too. A reader who prides himself in his knowledge of history will still learn much from this book. A reader of most refined literary taste will still find it difficult to put down. Both will be eagerly waiting for Sigrid's next work."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013118140
Publisher:
Green E-Books
Publication date:
07/26/2011
Series:
The Volga River Flows , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
517,409
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Born in Germany in 1941, Sigrid Weidenweber remembers the closing days of World War II. She grew up under communism in East Germany and escaped from East Berlin with the help of a French pasport shortly after the Wall was erected.

Sigrid has a degree in medical technology from Wuerzburg as well as a degree in psychology from Portland State University. It was in Wuerzburg that she met Donald, her husband of 38 years. During her time at PSU, she fell in love with anthropology, a subject she still pursues with coursework, as well as on her own time.

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Catherine: Inside the Heart and Mind of a Great Monarch 3.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a history buff, you will like this historical fiction piece on Catherine the Great, detailing her incredible journey to power. Depicted as both fragile and powerful, this image of Catherine is not one I'm likely to forget any time soon!
Calicohound More than 1 year ago
The font in this book goes between 2pt. and 1pt. And it will not adjust larger the 5pt. This book is unreadable on the nook. Waste of money
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely fascinating story of a great woman. If you are a history buff, you will love this one. I am within 200 pages of finishing the book.
Anonymous 11 months ago
It was an interesting historical read. I did learn more than I needed to know about Catherine the Great - The middle of the book was bogged down with repeated stories of her younger men she took to her bedroom. However true, I guess it makes for a juicier story. Her rise to power, reign and final faltering in light of world history during that time was well done.
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Well writen and great education as well as fun and for those who like a romp or lots of them This is a hoot
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