Catherine II of Russia
Historical Figure
Nationality: Russia (born in Prussia)
Date of Birth: 1729
Date of Death: 1796
Cause of Death: Stroke
Religion: Russian Orthodox (formerly Lutheran)
Spouse: Peter III
Children: Paul, Aleksey
Relatives: Alexander I of Russia (grandson)
House: Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov (by marriage)
Ascania (by birth)
Political Office(s): Empress (formerly consort) of Russia
Fictional Appearances:
"Before the Beginning"
Set in the Future
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference

Catherine II of Russia, called the Great (born Sophie Friederike Auguste, 2 May 1729 – 17 November 1796) reigned as Empress of Russia from June 28, 1762 until her death 34 years later. Born a German princess who converted to Russian Orthodoxy after marrying the future Tsar Peter III, she was an example of an enlightened despot.

Catherine II of Russia in "Before the Beginning"[]

A common story states that Catherine II, a woman with a voracious sexual appetite, died while attempting sexual intercourse with a stallion - supposedly the harness broke and she was crushed. This is a completely untrue story. Nonetheless, the story persisted throughout the centuries, until the invention of the time-viewer dispelled it, to the disappointment of some.[1]


  1. Futureshocks, pg. 93.
Royal offices
Preceded by
Peter III
Empress of Russia
Succeeded by
Paul I
Preceded by
Martha Skowrońska
Empress consort of Russia
January-July 1762
Succeeded by
An era of vacancy, then Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg