Catherine The Great

The court of Catherine, her lovers, her fascination with the ideas of Voltaire and the European Enlightenment, her flirtation with democracy and her later rejection of these ideas after the horrors of the French Revolution, are all described in the 'Catherine' chapter of RUSSKA, where the empress herself also makes a brief appearance.




Did You Know?
RHUBARB - During the three centuries before the nineteenth, China had become so cut off from Europe that senior mandarins were quite unsure where Britain was. They’d even been told that the western barbarians needed to import herbal rhubarb from China (a medicine), and that they would die if they couldn’t get it.

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