Sad victim of an arranged marriage.
She was the teenage bride of Peter, soon to be Tsar. Peter had interest in her only long enough for her to bear him a son. Exiled to a nunnery, she spent most of the rest of her life in “comfortable” exile. She emerged only briefly to enjoy the coronation of her grandson, Peter II.
Portrait by artist-historian George Stuart.
Courtesy George S. Stuart.
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