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Anna of Saxony: The Scarlet Lady of Orange by Ingrun Mann PDF

By Ingrun Mann

given that her early adolescence on the glittering court docket of Dresden, Anna have been identified as a difficult child and troublemaker.  Servants complained approximately her violent outbursts, whereas courtiers bemoaned her common put out of your mind for aristocratic lady etiquette.  Upon attaining her teenage years, the princess’ guardians determined that Saxony’s enfant terrible should go away domestic as fast as attainable by means of marrying a international suitor in a ideally far-away land.  input William of Orange: good-looking, captivating, and inheritor to at least one of the Netherlands’ greatest estates.  the truth that he was once additionally a profligate partier and lover of ladies was once comfortably ignored.  Anna instantly fell for the Dutch bon vivant despite warnings from a couple of well-meaning relatives.  For one, William used to be a Catholic, whereas Anna adhered to the Protestant teachings of Martin Luther, serious voices counseled, competently predicting destiny difficulty for the princess within the Catholic Netherlands.  additionally, the prince’s liege lord, the fanatical Philip II of Spain, a great deal disapproved of a fit among his most suitable vassal and a “Lutheran heretic.”  there has been additionally the difficulty of undeniable Anna’s growing to be obsession with the roguish William; an obsession that used to be no longer reciprocated.  after all, the impetuous princess threw warning to the wind.  No except William could do for a husband, she insisted, whereas publicly saying that “every vein in my physique heartily loves him.”

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