Widespread rumors about Catherine partaking in aberrant sexual practices grew to become a approach of claiming that Catherine herself was an aberration, a freak of nature.
Catherine the Nice truly expired alone and of pure causes. On the morning of 5 November 1796, Catherine arose, drank espresso, and sat down to jot down. About three hours later her chamberlain, curious that he had not been summoned as normal, discovered her barely acutely aware on the ground of a closet adjoining to her bed room. As her servant summoned assist, Catherine lapsed into unconsciousness from which she by no means woke up and died the subsequent day. An post-mortem carried out the subsequent day decided the reason for dying to be a cerebral hemorrhage.
After her dying , her enemies at court docket started spreading varied rumors about Catherine’s closing days. Some claimed that the omnipotent ruler had died whereas on the bathroom. Others took their lurid storytelling even additional, perpetuating a fantasy that has endured for hundreds of years: that Catherine, whose lustful life was an open secret, had died whereas partaking in a intercourse act with an animal, normally believed to be a horse. In fact, there isn’t any fact to this rumor.
Precisely when and the place the story about Catherine’s dying having been brought on by a horse originated stays unknown, As one in every of her biographers wrote, the “implications of the horse story seem aimed toward undercutting Catherine’s claims to greatness, by aggressively asserting that her main motivation was unbridled intercourse, the excesses of which resulted in her monstrous dying.”
Historical past regards Catherine as a strong ruler who saved Russia from virtually sure invasion and annexation by her stronger neighbors. Beneath her, the nation prospered, faculties had been established, legal guidelines enacted, wars fought and gained. But to do all this, the previous German princess needed to first wrest management from her insane husband, which she did by staging a coup and declaring herself empress. Whereas her success as a monarch lies on the coronary heart of the varied bestiality rumors circulated about her, so too does her overthrow of her husband, as a result of each had been considered in her lifetime and past as unnatural — ladies of that period had been held to be biologically inferior and thus incapable of main nations with any success, and wives had been placed on this Earth to be subservient to husbands, to not dethrone them. (Keep in mind, ladies of these occasions who killed their husbands had been responsible not of homicide however of petite treason, a authorized time period that makes it abundantly clear what the right relationship between husband and spouse was alleged to be.)