The Life of a Russian Palace
- 01 Aug 2013
- Unicorn Press Ltd
The story begins in the late 18th Century court of St Catherine the Great, where the land was bequeathed to her son, who was later assassinated. Subsequent generations added their own hand to the growth of the palace - all of them working with the best architects and artisans of their day. The saga sweeps the reader through the Revolution, when the palace was narrowly saved from rampaging Red Guards by a group of art lovers - only to fall a few years later into the hands of the Nazis - through the heroic siege of Leningrad to the eventual miraculous restoration by a group of Russian museum workers and artists.
Suzanne Massie is an American author and authority on Russian history. She played an important role in the relations between Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union in the final years of the Cold War. Her previous title, Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia sold over 1 million copies.