The action begins in the small German principality, where we meet with the German princess Sophia Augustus Frederica. She is brought to the Russian Empire, where she is forced to accept Orthodoxy and is given a new name "Ekaterina Alekseevna". The luxury and grandeur of the northern capital, intrigue, love and humiliation - all this is still ahead. Through it all passes the young Prussian princess.
Did You Know?
Both Julia Ormond and Vanessa Redgrave have played Guinevere, Ormond in First Knight (1995) and Redgrave in Camelot (1967). See more
Gregory Orlov was not the father of Catherine's son Paul. In her memoirs, Catherine implied that Paul's real father was a court official named Sergei Saltykov. Her affair with Orlov did not begin until 1760, when Paul was six. See more
Count Gregory Orlov
You don't know what you're saying. You're offering to fulfill my wildest dreams.
I did hope you would feel something for me.