THE ILLEGITIMATE DUCHESS
Written by Shelley R. Riley
Researched by Stephen A. Riley
This is the inspiring (and possibly true) story of an illegitimate and unwanted Grand Duchess who journeys from riches to rags to find a lifetime of true love and happiness: History tells us that Duchess Anna Petrovna (b. 1757), the illegitimate daughter of Catherine the Great and the last King of Poland, Stanislaus Poniatowski, died very young. But what if that story was just another Russian deception and she actually lived? This book is filled with supporting genealogical and historical facts as well as theories to consider an alternative story: that Petrovna (now Ann Elizabeth de Daschkopf) came to America, got married, had seven children, settled in a rural pioneer Catholic community in Pennsylvania, reconnected to her childhood friend, Prince Demetrius Gallitzin, and lived to be 98 years old.
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"Loved it! So much suspense and cool to see it all come together at the end. What a great piece of work! Extremely complex research." - LB