Written by Eva Stachniak
From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history鈥檚 boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great鈥檚 improbable rise to power鈥攁s seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.
Her name is Barbara鈥攊n Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she鈥檚 allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world鈥檚 most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen鈥攁nd to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie鈥檚 destiny at court is to marry the Empress鈥檚 nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears.
What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie鈥檚 confidante鈥攁nd together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power.
With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara鈥檚 secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend鈥攖hrough an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.
Impeccably researched and magnificently written, The Winter Palace is an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history鈥檚 grandest tales.
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