Q:How did her reign end? A:Her reign sadly ended because she died from a stroke.
Q:What ideas from Voltaire did Catherine use in her ruling? A:Throughout her rule, Catherine exchanged letters with Voltaire. As a French philosopher, Voltaire supported reason, tolerance, and freedom of religion and speech. Throughout her ruling, Catherine portrayed these ideas influenced by Voltaire. She attempted to use Voltaire's ideas of religious freedom in Russia and tolerance to reduce the cruel capital punishment caused by contradictory religious and political ideas amongst her people.
Catherine the Great was born a German princess in the Prussian Kingdom. Her early years were spent with great pleasure, and she grew up very religiously. Her life as being the empress of Russia was just starting when she met her future husband and heir to the Russian throne, Prince Karl Peter Ulrich. Her childhood caused her to be trained and developed with all the learning and accomplishments of her age. When the time had come, at age 32, Catherine and Peter became the Emperor and Empress of Russia. Peter and Catherine didn't have the best of relationships, and they both cheated on each other. Being a strong woman as she was, she had troops of St. Petersburg to arrest Peter, and have him taken from the throne. She succeeded and became the sovereign ruler of Russia.
Catherine the Great was a very organized and hard working ruler who helped Russia prosper in many different ways. She believed in absolute rule, but made many political and economic reforms for the people. She even made a document on how the legal system should run. The nobles had a lot of power during her reign, but the serfs lost their freedom. Catherine the Great's greatest accomplishments was expanding Russia. She gained a lot of land from neighboring countries, and even gained control of the northern shore of the Baltic Sea. Her successful reign of Russia for 34 years greatly contributed to how powerful it is today. Sadly, at age 67, Catherine died from a stroke, but her son, Paul, continued her legacy by becoming the ruler of Russia.