LIVEN Daria Khristoforovna( The daughter of General of Infantry Christopher Ivanovich Benkendorf.)
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Lieven Daria (Dorothea) Khristoforovna (1785-1857), daughter of General of Infantry Christopher Ivanovich Benkendorf. After the death of his mother, nee von Schilling Kanshtadt, grew up in the court under the patronage of Empress Maria Feodorovna, wife of Paul I. In 1800, at the end of the Smolny Institute, married Count XA. Lieven, who in 1826 was granted the title of Prince. In 1810-1812 XA. Leven served as Russian ambassador in Berlin, in 1812-1834 - in London. Diplomatic career of her husband favored real passion D. Lieven policy, for which she received the nickname of diplomatic Sibyl. Her salon in London, and later in Paris, where she moved after the death of two younger sons and her husband, visited prominent statesmen, politicians, historians, writers. Over the years, D. Lieven was active correspondence with Prince Metternich, Lord Gray, to the last years of his life was a friend of Francois Guizot (Letters of Dorothea, Princess Lieven during her Residence in London. 1812-1834. Ed. By L. Robinson. London: New York, 1902).