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15 November 2017Catherine the Great, Empress of All the Russias
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Catherine the Great, Empress of All the Russias Dr Rosamund Bartlett Wednesday 15 November 2017

This is the remarkable story of how an obscure teenage German princess, Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, fended off accusations of murder and illegitimacy and rose to become one of the most illustrious monarchs in history. Along the way she transformed the Russian empire, which by the time of her death in 1796 was the largest the world had seen since the fall of Rome, into one of the great powers of Europe.

She created a brilliant court, forging notable links with Enlightenment France, but also led a scandalous personal life, taking a succession of ever-younger lovers. She was famously ruthless, despotic, and a peerless collector of art. The huge Heritage Museum in St Petersburg is a lasting testament to her legacy.

This Discovery Day takes place at the Public Hall, Liskeard, from 9.30 for 10am, with a break for lunch (provided as an optional extra), to end at about 3.30pm.

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