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?
Only one man was allowed to live in the royal palace of China, known as the Forbidden City: the emperor. All the other inhabitants were either women - wives, concubines or servants - or the famous palace eunuchs. Nearly all eunuchs were castrated when they were still only boys. But there were just a few who chose to be castrated after they became men, and even had children of their own. They did it for the money. 




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