how did catherine the great rise to power?
She was married to her husband, Peter, who took the throne after the previous Empress had died, Empress Elizabeth. Peter wasn’t a very good husband nor ruler, he created enemies with the military, church, and the government. Soon everyone want to overthrow him and make Catherine the regent, or temporary ruler. Then Catherine and her true lover, Gregory Orlov, rallied troops in St. Petersburg to support her and declare herself Catherine II, the sole ruler of Russia.
Too long didn’t read: She had her husband killed and took over