Author: Henri TroyatISBN: 978-954-320-451-9
Price: 16.00 lv
"They had wished to have a son. A girl was born. The future Catherine II, Empress of Russia, came to this world on April 21, 1729 in Stettin, Pomerania. She was named Sophia-Federica-Augusta.... Tutors, dance and music teachers, servants with the vaguest of duties, court ladies and noblemen were the permanent environment of the family.... Quite early Sophia was introduced into the atmosphere of the saloons.... At a reception, dressed up in a crinoline hoop, with a deep decolte and flat breasts, with lace around her thin hands and with powdered hair, she met Friedrich Wilhelm I, King of Prussia, and without the least confusion she refused to touch the edge of his royal cloak with her lips. ‘His dress is so short I cannot reach it !', she exclaimed, as an excuse. ‘This is a daring girl!', the King harshly noted. She had been four years old at that time. Henceforth Johanna concluded that her daughter would be bold, self-willed, and would fear nothing.... The mother's coldness and the alienation of her father further enhanced her yearning for love. She needed love and tenderness even more, because she realised that she was ugly...."
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