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Born in 1729, Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst enjoyed numerous marital prospects due to her mother’s well-regarded bloodlines.
As with many of the uprisings Catherine faced, Pugachev’s Rebellion called into question the validity of her reign.
A program of liberal domestic reforms aimed at improving the lives of the poor also alienated members of the lower nobility.
These unhappy factions turned to Catherine, who was also fearful of Peter’s intentions.
Catherine herself gave credence to this rumor in her memoirs, going so far as to say that Empress Elizabeth had been complicit in permitting Catherine and Saltykov’s relationship.
While historians today believe that Catherine’s claims were simply an attempt to discredit Peter and that he was indeed Paul’s father, there is little debate over the paternity of Catherine’s three additional children: It’s believed that none of them were fathered by Peter. Catherine came to power in a bloodless coup that later turned deadly.