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. 


  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.

    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

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

  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?

  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.