[LMB] [SPAM] Re: LQ #30: Laisa as Empress

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Wed Sep 10 01:53:31 BST 2008


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dorian E. Gray" <dorianegray at gmail.com>


> Damien said...
>
>> How much direct and at-large power have queens as in wives-of-kings had
>> on Earth?  Variable, with Justinian's wife being at the high end, but
>> say the average queen of England?  Or China?
>
> The Georgian era is the one I'm most familiar with.  The queens-consort of
> those kings had quite a lot of "behind the throne" power (often to the
> discombobulation of politicians who thought it cleverer to cultivate the
> kings' mistresses), but pretty much no direct power at all.

What about Catherine the Great of Russia, originally a Sophia from a small 
state in Germany?  She married a Russian emperor and he faded into the 
background and then nonexistence! 




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