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Catherine [Yekaterina] II [née Sophie Auguste Fredericke von Anhalt-Zerbst]locked

  • Richard Taruskin

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(b Stettin [now Szczecin], 21 April/May 2, 1729; d Tsarskoye Selo, 6/Nov 17, 1796). Empress of Russia. She acceded in 1762 following a palace coup against her husband Peter III, and became known as ‘Catherine the Great’. Continuing the policy of her predecessors, the empresses Anna (reigned ...

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