Catherine the Great & Potemkin

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 21st September 2000

It is history’s greatest romance. Catherine the Great was a woman of notorious passion, political brilliance and fascinating charm. Prince Potemkin – wildly flamboyant and sublimely talented – was the love of her life, secret husband and political partner. Their sexual and political affair was so tumultuous, they negotiated an arrangement to share power, leaving Potemkin to love his beautiful nieces, and Catherine, her favourites. But these ‘twin souls’ never stopped loving each other.

Using their intimate letters, Montefiore brings to life this partnership of love, sex and power, restoring Catherine and Potemkin to their rightful place as titans of their age – and timeless lovers.