Mecklenburg was small and weak and needed a powerful protector; marriage to a Russian princess would bring the Tsar's support. Knowing that the two daughters of Tsar Ivan V were available, not caring which he received, [Duke Karl Leopold] sent a betrothal ring to St. Petersburg with a letter of proposal in which the name of the recipient had been left blank. Catherine had been chosen.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Peter the Great: His Life and World, by Robert K. Massie, Ballantine New York 1980.
Posted by Glenn Ashton at 11:26:00 AM