Haven and London: Yale University Press. New York: Crown Publishers, 1994. Her harshness towards Paul probably stemmed as much from political distrust as from what she saw of his character. In 1772, Catherine's close friends informed her of Orlov's affairs with other women, and she dismissed him. 116 At least sixteen pretenders during Catherine's reign claimed that they were the deposed tsar, Peter III. Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst. U of Virginia Press.
Love and Conquest: Personal Correspondence of Catherine the Great and Prince Grigory Potemkin. Pretenders had to be careful to establish themselves as the ruler they claimed to be without being recognised as a normal mortal and not artificial Intelligence: A Glimpse into the Future of royal blood. This was another attempt to organise and passively control the outer fringes of her country. Catherine's childhood was quite uneventful. Great Catherine: The life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Historically, when the serfs faced problems they could not solve on their own (such as abusive masters they often appealed to the autocrat, and continued doing so during Catherines reign, though she signed legislation prohibiting. Whether Peter was the father of Paul and Anna, the two children recorded as their offspring, remains a question. After defeating Polish loyalist forces in the PolishRussian War of 1792 and in the Kociuszko Uprising (1794 Russia completed the partitioning of Poland, dividing all of the remaining Commonwealth territory with Prussia and Austria (1795). Notes edit "Despot" is not derogatory in this context. Pretenders did not plague Catherine's reign because of her sex or nationality since pretenders never threatened other female rulers or rulers of foreign descent in the way that Catherine II was. She placed strictures on Roman Catholics ( ukaz of 23 February 1769 mainly Polish, and attempted to assert and extend state control over them in the wake of the partitions of Poland. In 1780, she established a League of Armed Neutrality, designed to defend neutral shipping from the British Royal Navy during the American Revolution.
Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia Carolly Erickson.
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From the moment the fourteen-year-old Princess Sophia of Anhalt-Zerbst agreed to marry the heir to the Russian throne.