Peter The Great

Emperor of Russia


Peter the Great was an absolute monarch of Europe. Many people feared him, therefore he was a very forceful leader. Peter had no mercy when it came to people resisting what he ordered them to do. He obtained the throne when he was 10 years old and this caused him to be the ruler he thought was right which was strict and had absolute power where no one could say anything against him.


Peter sought out to expand Russian territory because he wanted many things and he got them by making policies. He passed laws that made sure nobles got control over their land to ensure that he strengthening serfdom. Peter wanted to strengthen the military, expand Russian borders, and he wanted to centralize all royal power. He had stuck to his policies and achieve what he wanted during his reign.

Fun Facts

  • When Peter the Great found his wife had a lover he had the man beheaded, then forced her to keep her lovers head in a jar of alcohol in her bedroom which stood in Catherine’s bedroom till Peter’s death.
  • He married twice and had twice and had 11 children, many of whom died in infancy. The eldest son from his first marriage, Czarevich Alexei, was convicted of high treason by his father and secretly executed in 1718
  • As part of his effort to force Russia to adopt Western European culture and style, he imposed a tax on men who refused to shave their beards.
  • In 1722, Peter decreed that the ruler of Russia could freely appoint an heir, but failed to name one for himself, having outlived both of his sons.