Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 99

Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 99

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...power and to provide the expenditure necessary for it depends on the development of her manufacturing industry. SEMIRAMIS OF THE NORTH. "The Courtships of Catharine the Great." By Philip W. Sergeant. London: T. Werner Laurie. 1905. 10s. 6d. net. IN his preface the author reminds us that the French writer M. C. de la Riviere classes Frederick of Prussia, Maria Theresa and Catharine the Great, with "" King Voltaire" as the real masters of the eighteenth century, which has also been styled "the most human century ." We must form our judgment therefore of the character and life of Catharine II. in accordance with the manners, morals and politics of the period. The main obstacle to dealing fairly with Catharine's biography consists above all others in the difficulty of separating fiction from facts in the circumstances which must have largely helped to develop her nature and temperament for good or evil. Thus whilst, according to one author, her husband Peter III. was a monarch worthy to be loved, a prince full of goodness and humanity, others look upon him as an utter imbecile, a sot devoid of all manly qualities. Even his own aunt, the then reigning Empress Elizabeth, who held him in sufficient affection to choose him as her heir, could yet call him "my damned fool of a nephew." And it must be confessed that history in the main upholds this latter view. Catharine's character consequently can only be judged relatively according to the general estimate formed of her husband and of the abnormal surroundings of her lifetime. Married at the age of mere childhood, a wife in name only, she was isolated in a foreign land in the most corrupt Court in Europe, where intrigue was universal traditionally more

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