Paul I 1796-1801

Paul I (1796 – 1801)
Paul I of Russia (October 1, 1754–March 23, 1801) was the Emperor of Russia between 1796 and 1801. Emperor Paul was idealistic and capable of great generosity, but he was also mercurial and capable of vindictiveness. He viewed
the Russian nobility as decadent and corrupt, and was determined to transform them into a disciplined, principled, loyal caste resembling a medieval chivalric order. To those few who conformed to his view of a modern-day knight (e.g., his favourites Kutaysov, Arakcheyev, Rostopchin) he granted more serfs during five years of his reign than his mother had presented to her lovers during thirty-four years of her own.

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