Prince Grigory Potemkin was Catherine the Great's lover, secret husband and partner in ruling the Russian Empire. Catherine called him 'one of the greatest, strangest and wittiest eccentrics' of her epoch - her 'twin soul' and 'tiger'; her 'master' in politics. Their affair was so tumultuous that they negotiated an arrangement allowing them to share power, leaving Potemkin free to love his beautiful nieces, and Catherine, her favourites. But they never stopped loving each other.
Montefiore bringes to life Potemkin's loving partnership with Catherine and restores him to his rightful place as a colossus of the eithteenth century.