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The fungi that felled an Emperor... or how stewed mushrooms led to war...

Count Grigory Grigoryevich Orlov, lived1734–1783, son of Gregory Orlov, governor of Great Novgorod. Educated in the corps of cadets at St Petersburg, began his military career in the Seven Years' War, wounded at Zorndorf. Caught the fancy of Grand Duchess Catherine, leader of the conspiracy which resulted in the dethronement and death of Peter III. Father of her son Alexis Bobrinsky.

Catherine the Great 1729-1796 Catherine II was a German-born empress of Russia, who led her country into full participation in the political and cultural life of Europe, carrying on the work begun by Peter the Great. With her ministers she reorganized the administration and law of the Russian Empire and extended Russian territory, adding the Crimea and much of Poland.

A Covent Garden Gilflurt's Guide to Life: "Only ordinary men die, not heroes": The Death of ...

Some pictures of the dazzling Duchess of Polignac, confidante to Marie Antoinette and Governess of the Children of France... she was born on this day ( 8th September) and attracted admirers and enemies in equal measure! Although the duchess escaped the revolutionary guillotine she died in 1793; her family claimed that her death was caused by a broken heart (though cancer seems the more likely culprit...).

Charles Quint en 1515-1520. -Après la 2° phase, la guerre Charles Quint-roi de France, reprend dès 1547 avec Henri II, le successeur de François 1°, pour se terminer sans qu'il y ai eu eu d'engagement décisif, par la trêve de Vaucelles (1556). En définitive, les rois de France ont réussi à contenir la puissance de Charles Quint.

c. 1530 -manner of Jan Cornelisz Vermeyen, Portrait of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, Rijksmuseum