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Clear your history. IMDb Everywhere. Follow IMDb on. DPReview Digital Photography. Audible Download Audio Books. Empress Elisabeth. Princess Anhalt-Zerbst. The myth is that Catherine was crushed to death by a horse while attempting to have sex with it. Usually, the collapse of a harness or lifting mechanism is blamed. This would be bad enough, but there's a second myth that's often added when debunking the first. The second myth is that Catherine died on the toilet.
But, what's the truth? The truth appears to be that Catherine died in bed of illness. There were no equines involved, and a Catherine with horse nexus was never attempted.
Catherine has been slandered for several centuries. Catherine the Great was Tsarina of Russia, one of the most powerful women in European history. So, how did the idea that she died while attempting an unusual practice with a horse become one of the most virulent myths in modern history, transmitted by whispers in school playgrounds across the western world?
It's unfortunate that one of history's most interesting women is known to most people as a beast, but the combination of perverse rudeness and the relative foreignness of its subject makes this a perfect slander. People love hearing about sexual deviance, and they can believe it of a foreign person they don't know much about. Where did the fireless smoke come from? During past centuries the easiest way for people to offend and verbally attack their female enemies was sex.
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Marie Antoinette , the hated queen of France, was subjected to printed myths so deviant and obscene they would make spam emailers blush and certainly can't be reproduced here. Catherine the Great was always going to attract rumors about her sex life, but her sexual appetite, while modest by modern standards, meant that the rumors had to be even wilder to make up the ground.
Historians believe the horse myth originated in France, among the French upper classes, soon after Catherine's death, as a way to mar her legend. France and Russia were rivals, and they would continue to be on and off for a long time particularly thanks to Napoleon , so both slated the citizens of the other.
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If this all seems a bit odd, consider that even in Britain in , Prime Minister David Cameron was accused of an intimate act with a dead pig's head by a political enemy, which was widely reported , and which threatens to become a popular footnote to his governance. David Cameron may no longer be Prime Minister, but the pig jokes remain. It still happens today just as easily as it happened to Catherine the Great.
Perhaps even easier, see below. However, in recent years another myth has emerged.