MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   

Top members (works)

Member favorites

Members: None

Add to favorites
1 co (1) 1015 (1) de (1) epistolary (1) history (2) letters (2) LMUhas (1) memoir (2) non-fiction (1) not yet read (1)
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Dorothea Lieven, née von Benckendorff, was born in Riga (now in Latvia) to an aristocratic Baltic Russian family. Her father was the military governor of the region. Her mother was a senior lady-in-waiting and close friend of Empress Maria Fyodorovna, wife of Tsar Paul I. Dorothea was educated at the exclusive Smolny Convent Institute for young noblewomen in St. Petersburg and served as a maid- of-honor to the Empress. In 1800, at age 14, she was married to General Count (later Prince) Khristofor Andreyevich Lieven, with whom she had five children. In 1812, her husband was appointed Russia's Ambassador to Great Britain, a post he held for more than 20 momentous years. She became a leader of London fashion and society, the hostess of a famed salon, patroness of Almack's, and introduced the waltz to England. She cultivated relationships with statesmen such as Prince Metternich, the Duke of Wellington, Lord Palmerston, Lord Castlereagh, Lord Grey, and Lord Palmerston, and knew nearly everyone in political power in Europe for 40 years. Such were her diplomatic skills and influence that in 1825, Tsar Alexander I entrusted her with a secret mission to the British government; and she played a key role in the births of modern Greece and Belgium. In 1834, Tsar Nicholas I recalled Prince Lieven, and shortly after their return, the couple's two youngest sons died suddenly. The Princess left Russia and settled in Paris. Her salon there was nicknamed "the listening post of Europe." She remained involved in politics until her death. Her diary and her letters have been published.
Disambiguation notice


Member ratings

Average: No ratings.

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Dorothea Lieven is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Dorothea Lieven is composed of 4 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 122,500,639 books! | Top bar: Always visible