DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN: Four Remarkable Sisters


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DAUGHTERS OF THE WINTER QUEEN: Four Remarkable Sisters

NANCY GOLDSTONE    Book Number: 87209    Product format: Hardback

Elizabeth of Bohemia, the Winter Queen, was the daughter of James I of England and the granddaughter of Mary Queen of Scots. With such a pedigree it was important that she should be married appropriately, and in 1613 Elizabeth and Frederick V, Count Palatine, who for a year briefly became King of Bohemia, made their marital home at his castle in Heidelberg, though the question of who should take public precedence was never resolved before his death in 1632. The widowed Elizabeth settled in the Hague with her children, wisely refusing the entreaties of her brother Charles I to return to England, although thirty years later she visited at the invitation of Charles II and died in London. Those thirty years saw her children take leading roles on the European stage, including Prince Rupert's involvement in the English Civil War. Her four daughters were all remarkable women and this book traces their very different lives, each shaped by the legacy of their formidable mother and grandmother. Henrietta Maria died of fever soon after her marriage to the prince of Transylvania. Princess Elizabeth, unmarried at the age of 40 and scandalised by the shenanigans of some of her near relations, entered the Abbey of Herford near Hanover as a nun, although her insistence on being named as successor to the existing Abbess caused enmity. Her sister Louisa took vows at the Catholic abbey of Maubuisson and threw herself fully into the intrigues of the French court. Sophia married the Elector of Hanover, becoming the mother of George I and also forming a close intellectual relationship with the philosopher Leibniz. 480pp, colour reproductions. Remainder mark.
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Number: 93
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