Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman By Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great Biography, Facts, Accomplishments Nov , Catherine the Great, empress of Russia who led her country into full participation in the political and cultural life of Europe With her ministers she reorganized the administration and law of the Russian Empire and extended Russian territory, adding Crimea and much of Catherine the Great TV Series Oct , With Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Gina McKee, Richard Roxburgh Story of the greatest tsarina, Catherine the Great and the Hermitage. Catherine the Great HBO Amid scandal, intrigue and immense conflict, Russian empress Catherine the Great Helen Mirren develops a unique and devoted relationship with Grigory Potemkin Jason Clarke as they overcome their adversaries and serve as the architects of modern day Russia. Catherine the Great Biography Feb , Catherine II, or Catherine the Great, served as empress of Russia for than three decades in the late th century after overthrowing her husband, Peter III. BBC History Catherine the Great Catherine the Great Catherine s major influences on her adopted country were in expanding Russia s borders and continuing the process of Westernisation begun by Peter the Great Biography of Catherine the Great of Russia Renowned as Catherine the Great, Empress of all the Russias, this remarkable woman was neither Russian nor originally named Catherine Born Sophie Friederike Auguste from Anhalt Zerbst, she was indeed a princess, but one that came from an obscure and impoverished German duchy. Biography of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia Catherine the Great May , Nov , was empress of Russia from to , the longest reign of any female Russian leader She expanded Russia s borders to the Black Sea and into central Europe during her reign. Things You Didn t Know About Catherine the Great HISTORY The Death of Catherine the Great ThoughtCo There is a well known legend surrounding Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, and it involves a horse The myth is that Catherine was crushed to death by a horse while attempting to have sex with it Usually, the collapse of a harness or lifting mechanism is blamed.
23 hours, 52 minutesPulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at 14 and became one of the most powerful women in history Born into minor German nobility, she transformed herself into an empress by sheer determination Possessing a brilliant, curious mind, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers, and reaching the throne, tri23 hours, 52 minutesPulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at 14 and became one of the most powerful women in history Born into minor German nobility, she transformed herself into an empress by sheer determination Possessing a brilliant, curious mind, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers, and reaching the throne, tried using their principles to rule the vast, backward empire She knew or corresponded with notable figures of her time Voltaire, Diderot, Frederick the Great, Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette John Paul Jones Wanting to be the benevolent despot Montesquieu idealized, she contended with the deeply ingrained realities of Russian life, including serfdom She persevered, and for 34 years the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands She dealt with domestic rebellion, wars the tides of political change and violence inspired by the French Revolution Her reputation depended on the perspective of the speaker She was praised by Voltaire as like the classical philosophers She was condemned by enemies, mostly foreign, as the Messalina of the north Her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies are vividly described These included her ambitious, scheming mother her weak, bullying husband, Peter who left her sexually untouched for nine years after their marriage her unhappy son heir, Paul her beloved grandchildren and her favorites the young men from whom she sought companionship and the recapture of youth as well as sex Here, too, is Gregory Potemkin, her most significant lover possible husband, with whom she shared a correspondence of love separation, followed by 17 years of unparalleled mutual achievement All the qualities that Massie brought to Nicholas Alexandra and Peter the Great are present historical accuracy, deep understanding, felicity of style, mastery of detail, ability to shatter myth a genius for finding and expressing a human drama.