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 Königsmark (1665-1694), a member of the Swedish nobility and an adventurer. Königsmark 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.
Transcripts and photographs of correspondence between Princess Sophia Dorothea and Count Philip Christopher Graf von Königsmark, 1690, made for A.W. Ward, c. 1909. There are also 15 letters to Ward from various English and German correspondents, 1888-1909.
Presented by A.W. Ward, 1909.
In English, French and German
Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Princess Sophia Dorothea: Correspondence with Count Philip Christopher Graf von Königsmark, MS Add.4483