The name ‘Bobrinsky’ is a noble name that is synonymous with Russian nobility. The counts Bobrinsky descended from Alexei Grigorievich Bobrinsky, who was the illegitimate son of none other than Catherine the Great and Grigory Orlov.
Born during a house fire, under incredibly controversial circumstances, Alexei Grigorievich Bobrinsky was the original count of the Bobrinsky family and would go on to create a legacy.
But why was his birth controversial, how come his birth occurred during very traumatic circumstances, and who exactly was Alexei Bobrinsky?
Catherine The Great
Catherine the Great is a name that will echo throughout history until time itself ceases to be.
Catherine the Great was a strong-willed woman, and that was before she became a Russian Empress as a result of a coup d’etat.
Catherine was married to Peter, who would go on to become Peter III of Russia. Despite this, she was having an affair with Grigory Orlov. In late 1761 however, she fell pregnant and was forced to hide it from Peter, as it was not his son.
Catherine wore a tight corset to hide her pregnancy and was forced to take part in numerous royal duties, and activities that, to this day, would be considered unsuitable for a pregnant woman. This caused her a great deal of pain and discomfort and put her life at risk as well as her unborn child’s life.
Peter became Peter III of Russia when Elizabeth passed away, and soon after he embarked on an affair with Elizabeth Vorontsova. He flaunted this relationship in the face of Catherine and banished her to the opposite side of the palace, moving his new love interest into the luxurious Emperor’s quarters.
Catherine was clearly a woman scorned and she would use her isolation to meet with her friends to make plans to overthrow Peter. There was, of course, still the issue of her pregnancy.