Born into an aristocrat family, Konstantin Kutozov was born as Europe was swept up by the fury of revolutionary France. As was tradition in his family, Konstantin joined the army just as Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo. Serving adequately, Konstantin's connections and dedication to the miltary, as well as a virulent anti-revolutionary sentiment and traditionalist stance, earned him the rank of general.
As a general in the Tsar's Army, Konstantin obtained a small degree of political power and a minor place within the Imperial court. Blunt and at times inconsiderate, Konstantin was ill-suited for the subtleties of diplomacy and the world of political manuevering of the nobles, earning many artistocrats' disfavor particularly for his objection to any meddling in the affairs of the army.