Friday, 14 June 2019

Bookish Déjà-Vu: The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

No notable ruler of a country ever made his or her fame out of the blue, but they were all strong-minded men and women who had to prove their skill in war and politics to rise to power and then to keep, if not increase it. Some of them certainly had a privileged start as heirs to a throne, while others really had to fight hard to conquer their place in history, often together with new territories. The young German Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst was one of the latter. When she arrived in Moscow in February 1744 to marry the Russian Crown Prince, nobody would have thought that the palace girls and spy who is the narrating protagonist of The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak, which I chose to present as another bookish déjà-vu, would witness her rise to power as ill-famed and much feared Tsarina Catherine II the Great.
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  1. This sounds interesting. It's been on my wishlist for a while. I love historical novels and have read so much about the British Kings and Queens but don't know half as much about other European leaders. Maybe it's time I looked this one up.
    Thanks for the recommendation.


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