So this is the second now in My series of women to remember. Probably the most powerful woman of all times: German born Caterine II. who reigned the Russian empire as an absolute sovereign for 34 years.
In order to enhance reader attention and concentration I should perhaps mention that I expect all My slaves and devotees to thoroughly study, learn and remember the life´s details of the wonderful women I am presenting in this series. Take My word for it: Just as Catherine would have, I Myself will make You remember if you can´t by yourselves…
What an impressive biography. Chosen by her later mother in law as wife for the Russian heir apparent whom she had never seen before and then brought to Russia to marry him at the age of 15. Usual means of politics back at the time, today an unthinkable act of damnable child abuse.
Young Catherine adopted well to the new cirumstances in the unknown country. Intelligent as she was, she quickly learned to speak the foreign language, converted to the orthodox church, took part in social life and made friends at the court.
Her husband obviously was a weak minded moron so after the death of his mother in 1762 at the age of 33 and with the help of her lover Orlov she overthrew her husband in a cool blooded coup d´etat. Poor Zsar Peter came to death under uncleared circumstances just a few days after his wife had been declared sole empress of Russia.
She then reigned the empire wisely and succesfully for decades, introducing modern, effective structures of administration and expanding the Russian empire like no other ruler before her. However she seems to not have cared too much about the living conditions of the ordinary people. I would not blame her for that to be honest.
Not only has she been a powerful empress and literate intellectual who corresponded with the most popular philosophers of her time like Voltaire. She also was a woman who enjoyed her passions and the sexual freedom that came along with her power. More than 20 of her lovers are known by name … allegdly there have been more 200 in total. Her lovers were often promoted to high positions as long as she had interest in them. However after some time she finally got bored with them and they were dismissed. Her last lover, Prince Zubov was 40 years younger than her. During the last years of her reign, she made him the most powerful man in Russia and enormously rich. “Our baby,” as she called him, “weeps when denied the entry into my room”
No wonder that Catherine´s life has been described and depicted in numerous novels, plays and movies. Several screen Goddesses have wonderfully embodied her life to give us an impression of this true Female supremacist. Catherine II., for sure a woman to remember! So, do so, or else…
Pictures in this article in the order of appearance:
Mae West in the Broadway play “Catherine was great” (1944)
Elisabeth Bergner as in “The Rise of Catherine The Great” (1934)
15 year old Catherine in a painting of Louis Caravaque (1745)
Three pictures of Marlene Dietrich in “Scarlet Empress” (1934)
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