In the early hours of 2 May 1729, 16-year-old Princess Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein Gottorp, wife of the 39-year-old Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, gave birth to her first child in a merchant’s house in Szczecin (in present-day Poland). The house served as temporary quarters for her husband, who was stationed there as a general [read more]
SPOILER ALERT The Great promises to be a comedy loosely based on the life of Catherine the Great. When they say loosely, they mean it. Within the first 15 minutes, Catherine is married to Emperor Peter III of Russia (in reality – they married in 1745 during the reign of his aunt Empress Elizabeth of [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.
We’re under orders from Dame Helen Mirren. And now so are you. All episodes of brand new Sky Original #CatherineTheGreat are available 3 October starring Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Gina McKee and Rory Kinnear. pic.twitter.com/FcltemniPT — Sky Atlantic (@skyatlantic) August 27, 2019 See the full trailer below:
Read part one here. In early 1762, Russian politics and Princess Dashkova’s life were both in a state of turmoil. Russia had a new Emperor, Peter III, who was the husband of Empress Catherine, Princess Dashkova’s close friend. As we learned earlier, though, Peter’s policies were deeply unpopular, and people were beginning to favour the [read more]
The princess was born as Catherine Romanov Vorontsov in 1743 but for the purposes of this article, we will mainly call her by her married name of Princess Dashkova to differentiate from her friend Empress Catherine. Princess Dashkova’s parents were Count Roman Vorontsov and his wife Marfa who were closely involved with the Russian royal [read more]