Catherine ii, also known as catherine the great, was an empress of russia who ruled from 1762-1796, the longest reign of any female russian leader. This thread is a spoiler thread and is a bibliography thread which identifies many of the books which were referenced or used as primary documents during the writing of catherine the great please feel free to add properly cited books (book covers, author's photo, and author's links. Catherine the great - coronation - scene from young catherine tv special length 4+ hours. The life of the russian empress ekaterina ii (catherine the great), a german born princess who came to russia as bride for the young peter iii, chosen by his aunt elisabeth, and who, once she came into power, transformed the russian empire. Catherine ii, the great (1729-96): empress of russia catherine ii ruled russia from 1762-96, during a period of unprecedented growth of empire astute and autocratic, she expanded russian dominions, overhauled administrative structures, and vigorously pursued westernization policies.
I know that catherine is not elizabeth one (my all-time favorite queen), but she did do some good or tried to for russia this book devoted more time to catherine's lack of relationships with her mother, the empress who recruited her to marry peter, her nephew, who was a wastrel if there is one (judging by the stories in this book), and other. 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. This is a very beautiful biography of catherine the great of russia it not only consists of various interviews with smart folks from around the world today but it mostly done through recreations of scenes from the life of catherine--using gorgeous costumes, sets and location shooting.
Russia at the time was ruled by peter the great's daughter, the empress elizabeth, whose 20-year reign greatly stabilized the monarchy devoted to much pleasure and luxury and greatly desirous of giving her court the brilliancy of a european court, elizabeth prepared the way for catherine. Catherine was the first woman to rule imperial russia, opening the legal path for a century almost entirely dominated by women, including her daughter elizabeth and granddaughter-in-law catherine the great, all of whom continued peter the great's policies in modernizing russia. Book categories: catherine ii, paul i, potemkin, court, fiction, children's books, dvds catherine the great catherine the great: life and legend by john alexander born a german princess, catherine became empress of russia and one of the greatest monarchs in history. Ian grey, catherine the great: autocrat and empress of all russia (1962), is a thorough and sound biography gladys s thomson, catherine the great and the expansion of russia (1947), provides a useful, brief survey of catherine's reign. Engraving of catherine the great credit w h mute catherine, too, made calculated and convincing appearances in uniform, but that of a russian soldier dressed as a colonel of an elite russian.
1 catherine the great's name wasn't catherine, and she wasn't even russian the woman whom history would remember as catherine the great, russia's longest-ruling female leader, was. According to legend, russian empress catherine the great died while attempting to engage in sexual intercourse with a horse the truss holding her equine paramour broke, crushing catherine to.
Annotated bibliography alexander, john t catherine the great: life and legendnew york: oxford university press, 1989 alexander examines the life of catherine the great in general, but pays particular attention to issues which other books on catherine usually omit. Movie: young catherine(julia ormond) and historical documentary catherine the great(emily bruni) the life of catherine the great who made russia to be the greatest empire. The period of catherine the great's rule, the catherinian era, is often considered the golden age of the russian empire and the russian nobility the manifesto on freedom of the nobility , issued during the short reign of peter iii and confirmed by catherine, freed russian nobles from compulsory military or state service.
Famous for her lovers and satirised for her colourful personal life, catherine the great was in many ways one of russia's most progressive and moderate rulers, modernising 18th century russia. Husband of catherine the great, was mentally unstable, and was murdered by a group of russian army officers whether or not catherine was involved in the murder is unknown, but she did benefit by it as she then had the throne to herself, withdrew from the seven year's war because he liked frederick ii of prussia. One of the most colorful characters in modern history, catherine ii of russia began her life as a minor german princess, until the childless empress elizabeth and catherine's own scheming mother married her off to the grand duke peter of russia at age sixteen.