CATHERINE THE GREAT
Nay! Neigh! No! No! She did not die when the harness broke.
She liked officers of the Imperial Horse Guard, not horses. Yes, Catherine was a
fairly lusty woman; she had a dozen lovers one after another over a 30 year
period, but by the standards of your average King Louis that's almost
One of her love notes has survived:
"If you really must see me, send someone to tell me; since six
o'clock I have had the most atrocious diarrhea." [sent to Potemkin, 1774]
So, how did she die?
She suffered a stroke while walking to the water closet and died three
days later on a mat on the floor, with a half dozen eye witnesses.
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