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Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Prince of Princes: The Life of Potemkin (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Catherine the Great’s lover, secret husband and partner in the Russian empire, this biography restores Potemkin to his place as a colossus of the eighteenth century. Simon Sebag Montefiore illustrates the life of ‘the one-eyed giant’, a gifted statesman, seducer of women and favourite of Catherine.

About the Author

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, before working as a banker and foreign affairs journalist. Montefiore’s books have been published in 33 languages. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won History Book of the Year at the 2004 British Book Awards and Young Stalin won the LA Times Book Prize for Best Biography, the Costa Book Award, the Bruno Kreisky Award for Political Literature and the Prix de la Biographie Politique. Miramax Films and Ruby Films have bought the rights and are currently developing a movie of Young Stalin. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.