Imperial Highness - Evelyn AnthonyLondon: Century, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “Evelyn Anthony’s spy thrillers are enjoyed by a wide audience and, now, the reissue of her earlier novels shows her skills at work in a series of historical romances-to be re-published one by one.
Imperial Highness is the first book of a trilogy set in eighteenth-century imperial Russia — centred around the life of Catherine the Great and her Romanov descendants. Against this Czarist background, Evelyn Anthony vividly recreates the deformed and immature figure of Grand Duke Peter, to whom Catherine was first betrothed as a young German princess. And to whom she became a wife in name only. Alongside him, the dazzling person of Catherine herself is made to live again: a woman who dreamed of leaving her name in the annals of world history even as a child.
Whether as wife, mother, lover or future Empress of Russia, the role of Catherine Alexeievna is never without colour. And in Imperial Highness, Evelyn Anthony captures the personal fascination of her subject while also telling the story of Catherine’s adulterous love affairs, and the struggle for the imperial throne. A struggle which forms the climax of this novel, and which is continued in Curse Not the King.”