At some point we all have inner doubts. Do we measure up to our own high standards? Do we need to? Do we measure up to our subject's standards, such as they are? Do we even care? Whatever we may think of our subjects, when "putsch" comes to shove, will they die for us, or grab their favorite goat and go off until the coast is clear?
Such was the theme of the self-esteem issue of Empress Magazine in November 1801. Its one thing to be the Empress, its something all together different to be "tres fabulous" in the esteemed halls of hallowed history. So this issue looked at one Catherine II, a mousy little courtesan who went on to be the biggest thing that ever happened to sex until Xaviera took London! And what made Catherine so "Great"? Well according to the magazine, it was all in the careful selection of her lovers. All 1,001 of them.