Catherine the Great
Isabel Hilton explores the life of Catherine the Great with Prof Simon Dixon, whose new biography examines the popular myths surrounding the powerful Russian empress.
Isabel Hilton explores the life of Catherine the Great - seen as one of the great female rulers of European and world history. His guest Prof Simon Dixon has written a new biography which tries to bridge the gap between the typically scurrilous popular myths about Catherine and the scholarly research which, since the early 1980s, has portrayed her as a sophisticated her and able ruler of 18th-century Russia. He discusses the notion that it was the judgement of her 19th-century male successors that succeeded in turning Catherine into a misleading, entertaining myth and subject of lewd yarns.