A big happy birthday to Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, born on this day in 1729. She was one of the other two eighteenth century rulers considered to be the enlightenment ideal besides Joseph II, mentioned in a previous post. Who was the third, you ask? Frederick II of Prussia.
I am a university professor and costume professional who calls Virginia home. Interested in costume history, and history in general, I endeavor constantly to better understand life through those who lived it.