The Court, like most Imperial Courts, was considered a reflection of the ruler at its center and Elizabeth was said to be "the laziest, most extravagant and most amorous of sovereigns. So long as Aleksandr Danilovich Menshikov remained in power until September the government of Elizabeth's adolescent half-nephew Peter II reigned — treated her with liberality and distinction. It was a daring coup and, amazingly, succeeded without bloodshed. Instead, it was inferred that he had attempted to sow discord between the Empress and her heir and his consort. It is reported that Elizabeth threw two balls a week. Elizabeth reportedly owned 15, dresses, several thousand pairs of shoes, and a seemingly unlimited number of stockings.
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