Anna Ioannovna found an interesting way of favorites’ rewarding

Anna Ioannovna found an interesting way of favorites’ rewarding

The age of the empress Anna Ioannovna was rather short in the Russian Empire. She ruled only 10 years, but during that time she also managed to leave a remarkable trace in the history of Russia. Unfortunately, Anna Ioannovna couldn't reach absolute state power. Respected families influenced her greatly, but even more she was dependent from her numerous favorites. Thus, the empress managed to hold the throne, provide quiet state situation and satisfy her personal interests.

The empress could never openly encourage and praise her favorites as it would become too serious public resonance and could cause rumors. Then Anna Ioannovna invented an original solution of that problem. She started to lose impressive sums of money in cards to her favorites transferring cash to their private use.

And really, her enemies could guess nothing for a long time. As soon as Anna Ioannovna wanted to present the next gift to her favorite she offered him to play, succumbed and awarded him with necessary sum of money. However, such cunning secret plan was detected. But it didn’t become a problem for the empress. She started to play well but returned all the lost by the favorite money during the game.

 
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