Catherine The Great

Monarch of Russia

Woman of Many Names

  • Full name, Sophie Friederike Auguste Prinzessin von Anhalt-Zerbst
  • Yekaterina Velikaya
  • Yecaterina Alekseyevna
  • Catherine The Great
  • Catherine II

Accomplishments

  • Had complete authority over the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Expanded Russia to the Black Sea and Europe
  • Promoted westernization and modernized education
  • Helped make Russia a world power
  • Successful military ruler
  • Improved administration
  • Won several wars
  • Took away all rights of serfs after a couple brutal rebellions
  • Directed the building of the Hermitage Museum

How Her Reign Reflected Absolute Monarchy

She had complete authority over the Eastern Orthodox Church.

How Her Reign Reflected Divine Right

She took away all rights of serfs after a couple brutal rebellions.

Absolute Monarch

Kings/Queens who claim absolute authority

Divine Right

The idea that God gave them a right to rule.