Peter III


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Peter III

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(Biography) 1728–62, grandson of Peter I and tsar of Russia (1762): deposed in a coup d'état led by his wife (later Catherine II); assassinated
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Now, inspired by her Russian heritage, she will play the strong-minded and sexually liberated Catherine who ruled from 1762 to 1796 after ousting weak hus-band Peter III.
1762: Catherine the Great refuses to flee Russia Instead, after husband Peter III became tsar, she mobilised troops, had him arrested and spent the next 34 years expanding the Russian Empire.
He dispels the myth of Catherine the Great as the "nymphomaniac of legend", downplays the possibility that Alexander I faked his own death and casually drops a number of bombshells that remain, appropriately, unexploded; for instance, Catherine, wife of Peter III, claimed that their heir, the future Paul I, born in 1754, was in actuality her lover's son, prompting a single matter-of-fact comment: "which would make the entire dynasty down to 1917 Saltykov, not Romanov.
The 15-year-old German princess Sophie Frederica Augusta arrived in Russia as the prospective bride of Peter III in 1744.
Renamed Catherine upon her conversion to Orthodoxy, she shrewdly ingratiated herself with her future subjects by embracing their language and customs, and, in return, they unseated and imprisoned her ineffectual husband, Tsar Peter III, and installed her as empress only six months after Peter had assumed the crown.
Shortly after Elizabeth died in January 1762 and her husband was crowned Peter III, she made her move.
For instance, Peter the Great attacked the value of monasteries and Peter III took away Church lands.
By the time he ascended in 1762 as Peter III, he and Catherine were estranged and living largely separate lives.