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(ɪˈlɛktrɪs) or


a female elector


(ɪˈlɛk trɪs)

the wife or widow of an Elector of the Holy Roman Empire.
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Pernille Arenfeldt examines this ideal image of the noble consort from a practical perspective, as exemplified by the agricultural activities and medical interests of the sixteenth-century Saxon Electress Anna, which were of benefit to her family, friends and subjects.
It is being rebuilt as a conference centre, but its exterior will reveal what Electress Sophie had in mind when she began work on the project in 1691 - in conjunction with the mathematician Leibniz.
There the Electress Sibylle, anxious for her sons' inheritance, was like a spider packing up and bearing off what threads of its web it could out of the rain.
Other top-end results included a Meissen gold-mounted oval snuff box from the toilet service for Queen Maria amalia Christina of naples and Sicily, Princess of Saxony (made pounds 78,000) and a gold-mounted circular snuff box with a portrait of Maria Josepha, Electress of Saxony and Queen of Poland (pounds 56,400).
While Leibniz never formed any close romantic attachments throughout his life, he did form a solid intellectual bond with Sophie Charlotte, electress of Brandenburg and later queen of Prussia.
His mother, who had been named as successor, Sophia, Electress of Hanover, had suddenly died at 83 but even so this German nobleman was by no means the first in line to the throne, though he was the first Protestant.
The Act provided that the throne would pass to the Protestant Electress, Sophia of Hanover, granddaughter of James I of England, VI of Scotland, niece of Charles I.
In 1701, it was declared that the Electress Sophia of Hannover who lived there, and her heirs, would succeed to the British throne because she was the granddaughter of King James I.
In Munich in 1669, Bavarian Electress Henriette Adelaide of Savoy had received an Adelaide, regia principessa di Susa, which was then repeated in Venice.
Section 1 asserted that only Protestant descendants of Princess Sophia, the Electress of Hanover and the granddaughter of James I, would be eligible to succeed to the throne.
Modern experts agree George III was probably suffering from porphyria, an hereditary disorder, known to have been present in several of the Stuarts, but passed to the Hanoverians by the Electress Sophia, granddaughter of James I, and the mother of George I.