Clara Elisabeth von Platen

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Clara Elisabeth Countess von Platen - Hallermund
Countess von Platen - Hallermund
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Clara Elisabeth Countess von Platen - Hallermund
Spouse(s) Franz Ernst, Baron (later Count) von Platen
Issue
Father Georg Philipp von Meysenbug
Mother Anna Elisabeth von Meysenbug
Born 14 January 1648
Died 30 January 1700(1700-01-30) (aged 52)

Clara Elisabeth, Countess von Platen - Hallermund (14 January 1648 - 30 January 1700, Schloss Monplaisir, in what is now the Von-Alten-Garten in Hannover) was a German noblewoman, most notable as the mistress of Ernest Augustus (Elector of Hanover, father of George I of Great Britain) and for her involvement in the Königsmarck Affair.

Life[edit]

The eldest daughter of Georg Philipp von Meysenbug and his wife Anna Elisabeth von Meysenbug, Clara Elisabeth's father tried to get her and her sister Catharina positions at the French court at Versailles. When this attempt failed, he placed them at the court of Ernest Augustus, where Clara Elisabeth served as lady-in-waiting to the Duchess Sophia and attracted the Duke's attention. Exerting great influence on him, she bore him two children: Ernst August (1674–1726) and Sophia von Kielmansegg (1675–1717). In spite of being the Duke's / Elector's life-long mistress, Clara Elisabeth was married to Franz Ernst, Baron / Count (Reichsgraf since 1689) von Platen (-Hallermund) (1631–1709)

Bibliography[edit]

  • Paul Gerhard Zeidler: Elisabeth von Platen, eine deutsche Pompadour. Roman 1921
  • Paul Morand: Sophie Dorothea von Celle. Die Geschichte eines Lebens und einer Liebe. Christian Wegner Verlag 1968, ISBN 3-9800226-0-9
  • Thea Leitner: Skandal bei Hof - Frauenschicksale an europäischen Königshöfen. Piper Verlag München 1997, ISBN 3-492-22009-6
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