Catherine II in Love

  Catherine II (1729—1796), was the 12th emperor of the Romanov dynasty, the 8th emperor of the Russian Empire, and the only empress in Russian history known as the “Great Emperor”, second only to Peter Emperor.
  In 1745, the 16-year-old German princess Sophia (later renamed Ekaterina) married the Russian crown prince Peter, who later became Peter III. The newlyweds have no love at all. Ekaterina wrote in her diary that Peter fell in love with her maid, Carl, only two weeks after his wedding. Ekaterina gave birth to a pair of sons and daughters, neither of whom were born to Peter. The father of the children was Saldykov, the emperor’s personal servant. After Peter succeeded to the throne, Sardkov was expelled from the country, and Yekaterina was deeply saddened.
  Poniatowski, secretary of the British mission to Russia, entered the palace in 1756. He is a handsome young man of Polish origin, and his beauty touches Ekaterina’s heart. The following year, Ekaterina gave birth to their daughter Anna. In the end, Ekaterina helped Poniatowski ascend to the Polish throne, and then she used a plan to incorporate Poland into the Russian territory.
  Duke Orlov is both a brave general and a veteran in love. He helped Catherine depose her husband Peter III and supported her to the throne. They have been in love for 12 years, she gave birth to Orlov and wanted to marry him. Orlov was not single-minded to Ekaterina II, and he gradually turned colder on her. In 1772, Ekaterina II took the opportunity of Orlov to go abroad and had a tryst with Vasilychkov, an officer of the Imperial Village who was 17 years younger than her. But the latter reads little, has low quality, and poor understanding, and they soon get tired of each other.
  It didn’t take long for Catherine II to have a new favorite Mr. Potemkin. They are not only lovers, they are also accomplices. They held a wedding at the Church of the Ascension of the Lord. Catherine II gave birth to his daughter Elizabeth. In 1776, Potemkin was ordered to patrol the province of Novgorod, and Ekaterina II and the administrator Zavadovsky secretly enjoyed themselves. Potemkin returned and found that his status had been replaced, so he designed to send his rival to the palace of the Queen of Bryansk as a guard. After that, he introduced his wife specifically to his wife, both to please her and to control her. Potemkin has the final say on whoever stays with the handsome guy.
  Korsakov, a deputy of the Guards, was 25 years younger than Yekaterina II. He has good looks and musical talent, but he is rude in words and deeds. Soon after they fell in love, Korsakov betrayed her and flirted with the two countesses. When Catherine II heard the news, he expelled him from the palace without hesitation and sent him to Moscow.
  Later, the queen met the beautiful male Lanskoy in the imperial village. He was 29 years younger than her. They read together the works of Italian writer Algarrotti. Lanskoy worshipped Ekaterina II and never interfered in government affairs. The queen thought he was a life-long soul mate, and even Potemkin thought Lanskoye was impeccable. But fate has other arrangements. In the summer of 1784, Lanskoy suffered a sudden illness and died five days later. The empress was distraught and mourned for 9 months, washing her face with tears every day.
  In 1786, Potemkin introduced the 28-year-old Mamonov to her. The young man is smart and unrestrained, but he made two big mistakes when dealing with the queen. First of all, he wants to participate in politics. Secondly, he derailed and fell in love with the lady of the palace, the Duchess Serbatova. The queen soon expelled him from the palace.
  The last lover of Catherine II was Zubov, captain of the Royal Cavalry. He is 38 years younger than the Queen. They fell in love from 1789 until the last moment of Catherine II’s life. He not only conquered her heart, but also mastered part of the state power. In the end, Zubov became more and more powerful, and even Potemkin was squeezed out of the game. After the collapse of Catherine II in 1796, Zubov fell in love with a beautiful young Polish woman.