Princess Sophia Dorothea: Correspondence with Count Philip Christopher Graf von Knigsmark

Scope and Content

Transcripts and photographs of correspondence between Princess Sophia Dorothea and Count Philip Christopher Graf von Knigsmark, 1690, made for A.W. Ward, c. 1909. There are also 15 letters to Ward from various English and German correspondents, 1888-1909.

Administrative / Biographical History

Princess Sophia Dorothea of Celle (1666-1726) married George Lewis, the future King George I, on 21 November 1682. She bore him two children, including the future George II, but their relationship cooled, and she was accused of intriguing with Count Philip Christopher Graf von Knigsmark (1665-1694), a member of the Swedish nobility and an adventurer. Knigsmark disappeared on 1 July 1694 and was never seen again. Subsequently, George divorced Sophia, who was held as a prisoner at Ahlden, near Celle, until her death on 3 November 1726.

Sir Adolphus William Ward (1837-1924) attended Peterhouse, Cambridge, before becoming professor of history and English language and literature at Owens College, Manchester, in 1866. He was vice-chancellor of Victoria University, 1886-1890 and 1894-1896, and its principal, 1889-1897. Ward was master of Peterhouse, 1900-1924.

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Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by A.W. Ward, 1909.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on George I in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. VII (London, 1908), pp. 1025-1037, and the entry on A.W. Ward in J.R.H. Weaver, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1922-1930 (Oxford University Press, 1937).

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