Meet Sophia Dorothea of Celle (1666-1726), the focus of a new historical short story I just finished, titled “Escaping the Chambers.” She’s a real historical figure, also known as the Princess of Hanover. My short story is written from the viewpoint of a fictional character named Anna, who’s lady-in-waiting to Sophia Dorothea. Anna is in fear of losing her head after she’s caught having aided the Princess in her adultery.
Some facts about Sophia Dorothea that I threaded through my story:
- 1682, Germany, at 16 years old, she married her cousin, George Louis.
- She was having an adulterous love affair with a Swedish Count, Philip Christoph von Königsmarck.
- The day before she and Philip could run away together, he was mysteriously murdered.
- George Louis was known to have violent outbursts. He once attacked Sophia Dorothea, pulled her hair out, and left bruises around her throat in his attempt to strangle her.
- The couple managed to have two children.
- George Louis imprisoned Sophia Dorothea for thirty years (until her death) for her intent of abandonment.
- He also had a long-term mistress, Melusine von der Schulenburg.
- George Louis became King George I of England in 1714. Melusine moved to England with him, where he bestowed many noble titles upon her. She was all but Queen.
- If he hadn’t imprisoned Sophia Dorothea, she would’ve been Queen of England.