Author: Henri TroyatISBN: 954-320-052-1
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Grandson of Catherine the Great, the Russian emperor Alexander the First stands out as an ambiguous, self-willed and enigmatic personality, torn between splendid illusions and the harsh realities of the times. The grand event in his life was the furious clash with Napoleon in 1805 and in 1812. Riding the wave of national patriotic fervor and the unparalleled adulation of his subjects, Alexander was able to confront the French conqueror. After the defeat of Napoleon's Grand Army in Russia, Alexander was obsessed with the idea he was entrusted with the providential mission of stamping out the evil he saw embodied in Napoleon but also in the Russian fomenters of rebellion. This was a powerful monarch, surrounded by beautiful women, wavering between liberalism and absolutism, between mysticism and moral looseness; the story of his life presents a whirlwind of colourful scenes from a tempestuous epoch: palaces and battlefields, royal chancelleries and ballrooms are the scene of political and amorous intrigues. Captured by the penetrating eye of Henri Troyat, the eventful life of Alexander I will rivet the reader's attention no less than the biographies of his great predecessors on the imperial Russian throne, Peter and Catherine.
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