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Terrible Tsarinas

For those whose interest is piqued by this issues’ story on Elizabeth, there is Henri Troyat’s excellent Terrible Tsarinas (Algora, 2001; $18.95), a nicely translated multi-biography of the five women who led Russia after Peter the Great’s death. Wonder­fully written, it pulses with court intrigues, diplomatic con­spi­ra­cies and vivid de­scriptions of court life.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Nov/Dec 2009