Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sex and Power #2: Ekaterina Velikaya



Catherine, throughout her long reign, took many lovers, often elevating them to high positions for aslong as theyheld her interest, and then pensioning them off with large estates and gifts of serfs. Afterher affair with her lover and capable adviser Grigory Alexandrovich Potemkin ended in 1776, he would allegedly select a candidate-lover for her who had both the physical beauty as well as the mental faculties to hold Catherine's interest (such as Alexander Dimitriev-Mamonov) Some of these men loved her in return, and she always showed generosity towards her lovers, even after the end of an affair. One of her lovers, Zavadovsky, received 50,000 rubles, a pension of 5,000 rubles, and 4,000 peasants in the Ukraine after she dismissed him. The last of her lovers, Prince Zubov, 40 years her junior, proved the most capricious and extravagant of them all.

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