The Pearl: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great's Russia

The Pearl: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great's Russia

by Douglas Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300158580

ISBN-13: 9780300158588

Pub. Date: 08/25/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

The most complete and accurate account ever written of the illicit love affair between Count Nicholas Sheremetev (1751-1809), Russia's richest aristocrat, and Praskovia Kovalyova (1768-1803), his serf and the greatest opera diva of her time.

Overview

The most complete and accurate account ever written of the illicit love affair between Count Nicholas Sheremetev (1751-1809), Russia's richest aristocrat, and Praskovia Kovalyova (1768-1803), his serf and the greatest opera diva of her time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300158588
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/25/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
425,922
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Note on Style xiv

Family Trees xv

Prelude I

I Kuskovo

1 An Aristocratic Boyhood 13

2 The Blacksmith's Daughter 21

3 Grant Tour 29

4 The Big House 37

5 First Meeting 42

6 Praskovia's Debut 48

7 Early Success 53

8 Serf Diva, Serf Mistress 61

9 Entertaining Catherine 75

10 The Sheremetevs and Their Serfs 85

11 The Old Count's Death 91

Interlude: Serf Theater 97

II Ostankino

12 "I intend to build. . ." 113

13 Farewell to Kuskovo 121

14 Ostankino's Premier 130

15 Training the Troupe 138

16 Life in the Troupe 146

17 To St. Petersburg 154

18 Tsar Paul 160

Interlude: Serf Actress Stories 171

III The Fountain House

19 Freedom 181

20 The Curtain Falls 188

21 The Specter of Death 195

22 Coronation 200

23 Wedding 206

24 Newlyweds 217

25 Dmitry's Birth 225

26 Secrets Revealed 232

27 Death 239

28 Scandal 247

29 Saint Praskovia 252

30 Putrid Bones 261

31 Fatherly Advice 266

32 Separate Fates 271

Coda 281

Notes 285

Bibliography 301

Index 321

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