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 Catherine the Great 
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Interesting posts everyone I must say :) I don't know too much about Catherine the Great, but have now been encouraged to do some reading!!!

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Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:18 pm
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Well she is a very well documented lady! :)

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Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:32 am
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What are some good books about her? I recently bought one called Catherine the Great: Love, Sex and Power by Virginia Rounding. (It's part of the list biographies I need to read this year.)


Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:32 pm
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I read John T. Alexander's Catherine the Great a long time ago. It focuses on her political role in Russia and not so much personal.


Sun Jan 24, 2010 5:49 pm
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What I liked about this biography is that it was perfectly balanced. That I also read in the recommendations, that unlike many it deals with her as a monarch and as a woman not giving too much prevalence to her personal life which some other biographies do, neglecting her achievements in her first role as a monarch. Also it was quite easy to read so I would recommend it. Author is credible, which was important for me as I wanted that my first biography give me some good and accurate information.

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Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:29 pm
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I see you've turned into a goatherd Marija! A downward turn in your fortunes? :lol: What do your family think of this career move?

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Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:40 am
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Ah but dear Baron, she is now coquette bergère! :wink:

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Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:08 am
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That reminds me of Rousseau's "Devin du Village", opéra comique which MA played in in her little theatre at Trianon, taking on the rôle of Colette:

"La bergère un peu coquette rend le berger plus constant...!" :lol:

Nice silly 18th century lyrics!

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Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:23 pm
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You got my tip Baron! Well done! :lol:

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Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:34 pm
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Well, Baron is right. I am facing a bankruptcy ( wealthy baron have no such worries ), living in high society got me in the end so I am getting back to my simple roots. :lol:
But Delicate fleur is right as well, as I am taking the best out of the situation. :wink: Have no worries, I will bounce back.

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Well I am disappointed Marija because I was unaware of your simple roots! Pray how did you manage to get presented at court?! Du Barry style?!? :lol:

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Well, as long as we have Barons like you, we will have Countesses like me! :lol:

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Would you have me a "false" Baron Madame? :roll:

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I think Monsieur that you missed my point, which means that you failed in the 18th century wit. 8) I was referring more to moral of barons, not their titles. Read again... :lol:

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:biggrin: :lol:

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