A superb biography ... scholarly, refreshing, commonsensical and compelling, vividly portraying the charismatic Empress and her times (Simon Sebag Montefiore Sunday Telegraph
Dixon brings his subject to life admirably in this scholarly and sympathetic biography of a remarkable woman (Maria Fairweather Mail on Sunday
Dixon is impressive at description, building with intricate detail, and the book swarms with terrific characters. (Duncan Fallowell Daily Express
Lively and readable (Paul Byrne Irish Times
Empress, empire-builder, intellectual, art-collector, lover - this magnificent new biography does full justice to a truly remarkable ruler.