"The Grim Widow": the story of the vengeful and cruel Empress Anna Ioannovna, whom no man ever fell in love with17.09.2022
Anna was inconsolable. Even Count Bestuzhev did not save him: in June 1727 Menshikov recalled him from Courland. This time the duchess was simply crushed. At least 26 letters from Anna were found, written from June to October of the same year, in which she asked, insisted, demanded, and then begged not to take Bestuzhev from her. Prayers were in vain.
Fortunately, according to Bestuzhev, Anna did not die for long. Already in October, the heart of the 34-year-old Duchess was conquered by a new lover. It was the 28-year-old Courland nobleman Ernst Biron, who had served in her office since 1718. In 1727, Biron completely replaced Bestuzhev and began to manage Anna’s possessions. The presence of Ernst’s family did not interfere with this union.
At some point, Biron, his wife and Anna made up one family: they rode sleighs together, listened to the organ, and played cards in the evenings. By the way, the Russian people did not understand this love triangle, condemned and cursed. Especially Biron. He did not care about the dissatisfaction of others: he competently built relationships with Anna, which allowed him to remain her favorite for many years.