Catherine The Great

The court of Catherine, her lovers, her fascination with the ideas of Voltaire and the European Enlightenment, her flirtation with democracy and her later rejection of these ideas after the horrors of the French Revolution, are all described in the 'Catherine' chapter of RUSSKA, where the empress herself also makes a brief appearance.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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