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Catherine the Great: A Life from Beginning to End Audiobook

Catherine the Great: A Life from Beginning to End Audiobook


by Hourly History

  • Narrated by: Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Release date: 03-15-18
  • Language: English

Catherine the Great is one of the most influential rulers in Russian history. Though born in Prussia, she endeavored to gain the throne of Russia and went on to be the longest-ruling empress in Russian history. She ruled as an enlightened despot, promoting the principles of the European Enlightenment as she sought to modernize her beloved country. She reformed the educational system of Russia, creating a national system that utilized modern educational theory in a co-educational setting. She attracted some of the most brilliant thinkers to her court and engaged their assistance in modernizing the arts and sciences as well as the Russian economic system. Because of her efforts, she ruled over what is considered the Golden Age of Russian Enlightenment.

Inside you will hear about….

  • The Early Life of an Empress
  • The Dawn of a New Era
  • A Patron of the Arts
  • Catherine the Warrior
  • Catherine’s Personal Life and Death

And much more!

Catherine the Great counted among her successes many glorious military victories which succeeded in expanding Russia’s realm to over 200,000 square miles. She was, by all accounts, an efficacious leader and reformer in Russian history. Despite her professional successes, her personal life was far from ideal. Catherine never loved her husband and was alleged to have been complicit in his assassination. She never remarried, instead taking a string of lovers only for as long as they held her interest. She had three children, none of whom she claimed were fathered by her husband, Peter III. Despite her promiscuity, she was a generous lover, and many of her former lovers remained devoted to her throughout her life. She lived her life passionately and can even be described as an early feminist, doing what she wanted. This audiobook tells the story of this unconventional woman in a concise, entertaining, and informative manner.

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Hourly History




58 mins

Narrated by

Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr.

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