Curse Not The King – by Evelyn Anthony – independent book review – Historical Fiction (Russia)

This book was a tonic, addressing both my love of Russian history and my admiration for Evelyn Anthony as an historical novelist. Awarded four stars on Goodreads.

In this second of her three books about the Romanovs, we meet the mature Catherine the Great, her lovers Gregory Potemkin and Platon Zubov, her hated heir Paul, and a cast of characters that are all consumed by court intrigue, politics, and plotting.

You will discover what a fascinating and complex historical figure Grand Duke Paul (later Czar Paul I) is with his two wives, numerous mistresses, vicious and ruthless associates, and strange mental health issues. Sounds like a fun read, doesn’t it?

More about the British author, Evelyn Anthony (1926-2018).

You may be interested in my review of the third novel in this series, Far Flies the Eagle.

Or, another historical novel by Anthony, Elizabeth: A Novel of Elizabeth I.