By Influence Desire MOBI Ý By Influence Epub /

By Influence Desire MOBI Ý By Influence Epub /

By Influence Desire [PDF] ✪ By Influence Desire By Rosalynd Pflaum – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Out of the pages of European history comes a story as colorful and torrid as any modern fiction the never been told before told account of the lives of the grand duchess of Courland and her daughters Out of the pages of European history comes a story as colorful and torrid as any modern fiction the never been told before told account of the lives of the grand duchess of Courland and her daughters Wilhelmina and Dorothea By Influence and Desire is the story of how these independent intelligent women helped shape the course of history in the only way open to them By Influence Epub / in the boudoirs of Paris Vienna Saint Petersburg and Berlin Catherine the Great was in power when in the beautiful eighteen year old Anna Dorothea von Medem daughter of one of the richest and most cosmopolitan families of Courland now Latvia was chosen to be the wife of Courland's Grand Duke Peter When Anna proved popular and politically astute than her husband Peter took her abroad where the grand duchess's influence and her list of male admirers grew In Paris the grand duchess whose romantic escapades had long titillated Central European court circles became the mistress of Talleyrand Napoleon's foreign minister whom she aided in an undercover campaign to unseat Napoleon Love affairs entangling the duchess and her daughters seemed to be the way of the Courland women For like their mother the Courland daughters were liberated bright beautiful and adept at handling men Metternich the Austrian chancellor who shared with Talleyrand the distinction of being one of the greatest statesmen of the day took Wilhelmina as his mistress And while the Congress of Vienna struggled to bring order to a Europe in chaos Talleyrand and Metternich sought solace and advice in the bedrooms of the Courland women A few years later Dorothea was to steal the affections of Talleyrand who was thirty nine years his senior supplanting her mother as Talleyrand's mistress and maintaining that role until his death in Rosalynd Pflaum was inspired to write this fascinating history when she was given a volume of letters between Metternich and Wilhelmina These letters discovered by Dr Maria Ullrichova behind an artificial wall in a Cistercian Abbey proved invaluable Drawing on this newly uncovered correspondence on the extensive Talleyrand correspondence already available and on numerous private archives Pflaum has recreated these women's extraordinary lives.

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