*review copy* *contains affiliate links* In October 1771, the Vrouw Maria merchant ship sank off the coast of Finland. She carried lots of cargo, including several works of art that Empress Catherine the Great had bought at auction in Amsterdam from the collection of Gerrit Braamcamp. The lost works included Paulus Potter’s Large Herd of [read more]
The Walhalla Memorial is a hall of fame that honours distinguished people in German(-speaking) history. It is named for the Valhalla of the Norse Paganism and was begun in 1807 by the future King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The grand hall sits above the Danube River in Donaustauf. With over 2,000 years of history and [read more]
Read part four here. Catherine saw her son as her rival, and she never gave him a role in government. Despite this, he and his wife were required to appear at official ceremonies. He and his mother had very little contact otherwise. Catherine even began to consider skipping Paul all together and making her eldest [read more]
Read part three here. Catherine enforced her success by rewarding those who helped to put her on the throne, including the church and the army. She also cancelled the unpopular alliance with Prussia but assured them she had no wish for a new war. She also called on Russia’s two most experienced statesmen. She settled [read more]
Hulu has released its first trailer for its new series The Great starring Elle Fanning as Russian ruler Catherine the Great. It premieres on 15 May on Hulu.
Grand Duchess Anna Petrovna was born on 9 December 1757 as the daughter of the future Empress Catherine the Great. Anna was born between 10 and 11 o’clock in the Winter Palace on the Nevsky Prospect with the Empress Elizabeth and Catherine’s husband Peter present. The following day, her birth was announced to the city with [read more]