Is The Great Based On A True Story? Read now to know. The Great tells the story of Catherine the Great’s ascent to power in a largely accurate manner. It does state that it is occasionally based on a genuine story, and readers frequently struggle to distinguish between fact and fiction. The story’s authors were able to weave together numerous facets of her life to give this remarkable woman a distinctive perspective.
Is The Great Based On A True Story?
To answer that question we have to go deep into the story and the plot. The timing of events in the show was changed to create a more exciting story, despite though Catherine and Peter III were married on August 21, 1745. In contrast to how things are, Peter did not become emperor until his aunt Elizabeth (Belinda Bromilow), passed away 17 years after he married Catherine, as depicted in the television show.
Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst was a princess from a low-class family who lived in the principality in present-day central Germany. Sophie’s mother, Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp (acted with delectable relish by Gillian Anderson in Season 2), set up Sophie’s marriage to Peter III, her second cousin and the nephew of the reigning Empress Elizabeth, to strengthen the family’s standing.
Sophie moved to Russia when she was 16, not 19 as is depicted in the show. She learned Russian, became Eastern Orthodox, and took the Russian name Ekaterina Alekseyevna, which was later anglicized to Catherine. The Great correctly depicts Catherine and Peter’s complete incompatibility and their subsequent terrible marriage, despite its changes to the timeframe.
Peter III was German like Catherine but not, as shown in the program, Peter the Great’s son; rather, he was Peter the Great’s grandson. The real Peter hated everything Russian, in contrast to Nicholas Hoult’s portrayal of him as a devoted supporter of Russia. He rejected learning Russian and rejecting Russian cuisine, choosing to wear the colors of his beloved Germany instead. He even went so far as to worship Frederick II of Prussia, a sworn enemy of Empress Elizabeth at the time.
Peter represents oafish hedonism and lasciviousness in The Great. Because of his volatile temperament, he tends to kill both people and animals at the same time that he yearns for his mummified mother. There is evidence that The Great’s portrayal of Peter is pretty accurate, even though there is no historical record of Peter’s mother being mummified. By now he presented in the show, Peter III was a brutish, childish, and drinker, according to Catherine’s memoirs.
The connection between Nicholas Hoult’s Peter, his best friend Grigor (Gwilym Lee), and Grigor’s wife Georgina, Peter’s preferred mistress, is one aspect of The Great that The Great accurately depicts (Charity Wakefield). The fact that Catherine and Peter had affairs was well known; their troubled marriage had driven them to look for intimacy elsewhere. Although Leo, played by Sebastian De Souza, is a made-up character in the show, Catherine is known to have had more than one lover while she was married to Peter.
This raised questions regarding the father of her children, and Catherine herself made a strong suggestion in her memoirs that none of her three children — whom she had with Peter — were Peter’s offspring. Grigory Orlov was Catherine’s, genuine love. Elizabeth, Peter the Great’s daughter, ruled Russia as empress from 1741 to 1761. When Anna Leopoldovna, the childless Empress Anna’s sole niece, took over the regency for her son Ivan VI and threatened to exile Elizabeth to a convent, she organized a coup.
Ivan’s mother and infant were both detained by Elizabeth when she was proclaimed empress. By including Empress/Aunt Elizabeth in the series, the show has cheated. Elizabeth was genuine, but Peter III became emperor because of her death on 5 January 1762; she was not alive to see Peter’s rule as a result.
Where To Watch The Great?
You can watch The Great on Hulu.
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