Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fact of the Day: Peter III

Peter III was Emperor of Russia for only six months in 1762. His aunt Elizabeth I was his predecessor, and despite being monarch for Russia he was really German. He spoke very little Russian, and had a pro-Prussian (which was a Germanic country) policy. This made him a very unpopular ruler. 

10 comments:

  1. Not the brightest of the ruling classes of the time.
    His history is worth a read where the reader can make a judgement. Especially one "myth" about him in of all times,
    the WW2 siege of Leningrad.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_III_of_Russia

    I do wonder if any reader follows up your facts of the day, Adam?
    Would improve some of their knowledge.
    B J Hunnicut aka Colin

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  2. I had some European history courses in uni, but do you think I remember any of these? Nope!

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  3. Weren't a lot of European leaders back then not of their citizens' nationality?
    Heck, come to think of it, Cleopatra wasn't even Egyptian was she?

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  4. Interesting that his wife (also German) would take the crown from him, but I see from wiki that she detested him even when she first met him. Sad case, but it appears she had a much longer (and happier) reign.

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