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Catherine The Great: Biography, Stories, And Trivia About The Great

The last ruling Empress, Catherine the Great, brought Russia into the modern world and solidified its position as a major European power during the 18th century. Originally from Pomerania (modern Poland), she was born as Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, daughter of the minor German prince Christian August, on May 2, 1729. Despite her title, being a minor prince in those days did not have much money, so like many young nobles, Catherine was only married at the age of 16 to Peter III of Russia, which was a big step for her.

Peter III was not as bright as his grandfather, Peter the Great, who ruled Russia under a strong military regime, and was often abused and humiliated as a child by his teachers. Given his poor upbringing, it is no surprise that Peter had little will to dedicate himself to ruling Russia and made almost zero effort to love himself for his people. However, Catherine fell in love with this new and mysterious land and began to study Russian almost immediately. Within a remarkably short time, she herself managed to turn the court in her favor, despite having no Russian heritage.

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