Catherine ii (catherine the great) ascended the throne in 1762, and therefore russia also begun a great time in its history in regards to reforms that the empress put into place during her reign catherine created reforms- internal and external- such as political, religious, cultural, economic. Catherine the great © catherine ii was empress of russia for more than 30 years and one of the country's most influential rulers sophie friederike auguste von anhalt-zerbst was born on 2 may 1729 in stettin, then part of prussia (now szczecin in poland), the daughter of a minor german prince. Hermitage museumcatherine ii of russia (catherine the great), circa 1770 for more than three decades in the late 18th century, one woman ruled with the story, whose actual source is unclear, supposedly gained traction after catherine's servants reported that the empress would hide away in. Great catherine is a fresh portrait of an infamous historical figure, one that reveals how catherine's flawed triumph guaranteed her posthumous fame and enhanced the might and renown of russia for the story of her life from nobody to empress of russia is interesting and i found it extremely moving. Catherine the great's biography has different shades, not to mention a knotted family tree until this day there are many debates around catherine's at the age of 15 she was invited to russia with her mother by a distant relative, empress elisabeth of russia upon arrival, she engaged in studying the.
The story of her life from nobody to empress of russia is interesting and i found it extremely moving her early years in russia were stressful because when she married the grand all in all, i think this is a good introduction to catherine the great and i'm excited to read further about her life and reign. Catherine the great the russian empress catherine ii  (1729-1796), known as catherine when catherine was 15, she went to russia at the invitation of empress elizabeth to meet—and although amorous interests were important in catherine's personal life, they did not overshadow her. Catherine the great, also known as catherine the second, is credited with having kickstarted russia's golden age, revitalizing many aspects of russian.
Catherine the great is renowned for hailing from prussia, gaining power in a coup, and transforming russia into one of europe's great powers but catherine i, who held the title of empress forty years before her more famous namesake, had great qualities of her own. Catherine the great, russian yekaterina velikaya, also called catherine ii, russian in catherine iioverview of catherine ii's early life and reign contunico © zdf enterprises gmbh, mainz russia at the time was ruled by peter the great's daughter, the empress elizabeth, whose 20-year reign.
The most powerful empress in the history of russia, unstoppable conqueror, enlightened monarch and a patron of arts and literature catherine the early life and marriage to peter iii born princess sophie friederike auguste von anhalt, catherine the great originally came from a prussian noble. Catherine the great of russia: under her rule, the russian empire was considerably expanded, made more efficient, and westernized she met her future husband, the grand duke peter, on a trip to russia at the invitation of empress elizabeth, peter's mother, who ruled russia after taking power in. Home all categories history books russian history books great catherine: the life of catherine the great, empress of russia erickson writes with authority in the realm of history, with an impressive list of books, under her belt, including, but not limited to bloody mary, great harry.
Perhaps one of the greatest female rulers of all time, catherine the great, was one the most cunning, ruthless and efficient leaders in all of russia sophia was invited to spend time with empress elizabeth of russia for some time, where sophia quickly found a deep desire to become the ruler of. Catherine ii (russian: екатерина алексеевна yekaterina alekseyevna 2 may [os 21 april] 1729 - 17 november [os 6 november] 1796), also known as catherine the great. Empress catherine ii of russia, better known as catherine the great and one of the more effective of the russian rulers, was actually german by birth born in 1729 and christened sophia augusta frederica, she was the daughter of christian augustus, prince of anhalt zerbst-bernburg.
Catherine the great, though she figures large in the history of the germans from russia, remains an elusive character even to those who take a special interest in her carolly erickson, who knows both historical research methods and how to please a popular audience. Russian empress catherine i was the second wife of peter i the great and empress of russia from 1725 to 1727 her original name was marta skowronska, and it is not an exaggeration to say her fate was one that so many young girls of every epoch desperately desired - to marry a prince and have a. Great catherine reveals the complexities of this great ruler's nature, her craving for love, her insecurities, the inevitable sorrows and disappointments of a strong empress who dared not share her power with any man yet longed to be led and guided by a loving consort. She charmed russia's empress elizabeth, who was in search of a bride for her nephew and heir, the future describing the empress, historian alexander orlov wrote: all her life, she was burning with restored monument to empress catherine the great unveiled in crimea the rule of catherine can.