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    Catherine II of Russia Document Signed "Catherine" as empress, one page in Russian, 7.5" x 9", May[?] 17, 1768, Tsarskoye selo. Catherine II of Russia (1729 - 1796), called Catherine the Great, is often referred to as an epitome of the "enlightened despot". She reigned as empress of Russia from June 28, 1762 until her death. Catherine married the Grand Duke Peter of Russia in 1745. The marriage proved unsuccessful - due to the grand duke's impotence and mental immaturity. Catherine read widely and kept up-to-date on current events in Russia and in the rest of Europe. She corresponded with many of the prominent minds of her era, including Voltaire and Diderot. In July 1762, the Leib Guard revolted, deposed Peter, now emperor, and proclaimed Catherine the ruler of Russia. Six months after his accession to the throne and three days after his deposition, Peter III died at the hands of a court favorite in a supposed accident. In excellent condition.

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