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Sophie, A Most Unlikely Empress [Kindle Edition]

Jacqueline Hines
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Book Description

From a small coastal village in what is now Poland, Sophie Augusta Fredericka traveled to Russia at the age of fourteen. Pius and idealistic, the young Sophie shed her cloak of innocence to become Catherine The Great. At the urging of her ambitious mother, Johanna, Sophie married Peter III, the only grandson of Russian legend, Peter I. After scandalous love affairs and the mysterious sudden death of her husband, Peter III, Catherine ascended the Russian throne. The most intriguing aspect of the story is the fact that Catherine had no moral or legal right to the Russian throne. During that era, the laws of succession were rigidly enforced. In Russia, there were three living heirs, each with a legitimate right to the throne; one of those heirs was her husband, Peter III, the grandson of Peter I, a giant in Russian history, known affectionately as The Father of Russia. Catherine was cautioned repeatedly that she would not be able to sidestep her husband, Peter III and Ivan VI (who was living but in prison), while at the same time ignoring the rights of her own son, Paul I. Highly placed members of the Russian aristocracy warned Catherine that the Russian people would take up arms against her solely for the fact that she was German, not Russian. The fact that Catherine was able to overcome so many obstacles to ascend the throne of Russia is a monument to her brilliance, strength and determination. Not only was she crowned Empress, her rule would last thirty years. Catherine's extraordinary success as a ruler has made her a legend in her own right.


Product Details

  • File Size: 623 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Jacqueline Hines (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051J8BBA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Sophie, A Most Unlikely Empress tells the story of a brilliant learned young woman's rise to power, the pitfalls, the dangers, and her ultimate success. A beautifully written and engaging epic/biography that seemed as if imported from the writings of an 18th century hand. Deftly written by Jacqueline Hines, this authoress knows her subject matter. She manages to execute the tone, the environment and the feel of this world. The reader identifies with the heroine - who ultimately becomes the longest ruling female leader of all of Russia, and as the story points out, Sophie wasn't even Russian which makes her story all the more incredible (to someone who was not familiar with her story prior to reading the book). I love the descriptions and the mood. The characterizations are so well done the reader feels like he or she knows these people. I felt despite the fact that this character lived in a different era, and also as an Empress... her struggles, plotting, dangerous liasons, and ultimate rise to power, she is still identifiable and the reader is rooting for her along the way. I can picture so many actresses in the role of Sophie. I cannot offer enough praise for this highly recommended historical saga. - The author should consider rendering this into a screenplay as a movie.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophie: A Most Unlikely Empress March 23, 2012
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After receiving a re-download from Amazon, I managed to finish the book without missing pages - formatting problems didn't bother me as much as the missing chunks of the story. A good story, an interesting story but the most important point was it ignited my interest in Catherine the Great. I hope the author pursues more books in regard to Catherine. Would have liked more detail, but I imagine there was so much detail regarding Catherine's life, it would take a great deal more time to get the complete story. A very good book in understanding how 'Catherine the Great' came about. Perhaps a second book on her reigning years? Recommended reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sophie January 8, 2013
By J.S.
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I loved the way the book was written. It combined the best of historical accuracy with enough fiction to weave it into a marvelous narrative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars July 14, 2014
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INTERESTING
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read and it kept my interest July 9, 2014
By Anne G
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I found this book fascinating. Easy to read and it kept my interest. I plan on reading more about Catherine the Great after reading this book.
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The story kept me involved and not wanting to put down the book. The author gives insight to the lives of Sophie (Catherine the Great) and her two families, in Prussia and Russia. She takes you through the turmoil and hardship of the times with vivid descriptions of the scenery and the people. I enjoyed the writing style and flow of the book. This story takes you from Sophie's young age of 8 up to the time she becomes Empress. Now I want to follow her next steps in her life, Empress of Russia. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand a likely story of what made Catherine the Great who she was.
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1.0 out of 5 stars extremely disappointing June 2, 2014
By de bari
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Poorly written & very amateurish although a good premise. The writing of many scenes in the story were inconsistant. This title should not have been a recommended book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars how much fact April 27, 2014
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Good and interesting read, but how much is fact or fiction. I fear some of it is pretty unbelievable. I like historical fact
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