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First U.S. edition.

"Before there was Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right. Ellen Alpsten's rich, sweeping first-person narrative is the story of her rise to power. St. Petersburg, 1725. Peter the Great lies dying in his magnificent Winter Palace. The weakness and treachery of his only son has driven his father to an appalling act of cruelty and left the empire without an heir. Russia risks falling into chaos. Into the void steps the woman who has been by his side for decades: his second wife, Catherine Alexeyevna, as ambitious, ruthless and passionate as Peter himself. Born into devastating poverty, Catherine used her extraordinary beauty and shrewd intelligence to ingratiate herself with Peter's powerful generals, finally seducing the Tsar himself. But even amongst the splendor and opulence of her new life-the lavish feasts, glittering jewels, and candle-lit hours in Peter's bedchamber-she knows the peril of her position. Peter's attentions are fickle and hisrages powerful; his first wife is condemned to a prison cell, her lover impaled alive on a stake in Red Square. And now Catherine faces the ultimate test: can she keep the Tsar's death a secret as she plays a lethal game to destroy her enemies and take the Crown for herself? From the sensuous pleasures of a decadent aristocracy, to the incense-filled rites of the Orthodox Church and the terror of Peter's torture chambers, the intoxicating and dangerous world of Imperial Russia is brought to vivid life. Tsarina is the story of one remarkable woman whose bid for power would transform the Russian Empire"--

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  • 11 of 15 copies available at Westchester Library System.

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Location Call Number /
Shelving Location
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Chappaqua Library FICTION ALPSTEN (Text)
New Fiction
31005500428570
Available
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Greenburgh Public Library FICTION ALPSTEN (Text)
New Fiction
31009154764876
Available
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Greenburgh Public Library FICTION ALPSTEN (Text)
New Fiction
31009154764884
Checked out
03/06/2021
Harrison Public Library ALPSTEN, E. (Text)
New Fiction
31010300236249
Available
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Mamaroneck Public Library District HISTORICAL FICTION (Text)
New Book
31015152584729
On holds shelf
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Mount Pleasant Public Library FIC ALPSTEN (Text)
New Book
31024153741783
Available
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New Rochelle Public Library ALPSTEIN (Text)
Fiction
31019156576269
Available
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North White Plains Branch FICTION ALPSTEN (Text)
New Fiction
31001250745305
Checked out
03/12/2021
Ossining Public Library FICTION (Text)
New Fiction
31021153384002
Checked out
03/11/2021
Somers Library FICTION ALPSTEIN (Text)
New Fiction
31031151962162
Available
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