Sophia Charlotte of Hanover

By marrying Frederick on 8 October 1684, she became Electress of Brandenburg in 1688, and after the elevation of Brandenburg-Prussia to a kingdom in 1701, she became the first Queen in Prussia. Her only child to reach maturity became King Frederick William I of Prussia. Her husband was so much in love with her that while he had an official mistress, Catharina Rickert, at his palace – in imitation of Louis XIV – he never made use of her services; however, his love for Sophia Charlotte was not reciprocated.

Wikipedia, Sophia Charlotte of Hanover

It’s this inside-the-palace scuttlebut that makes Ruling Royals so much more interesting than a President or – far worse – some aging, fearful Chairman.

Initially, Sophia Charlotte interfered in political affairs, pushing the downfall of the Prussian prime minister Eberhard von Danckelman in 1697, but soon retired to private life. 

It’s pretty rare for a Noble to be able to retire from politics, even if they see it as a drag and a bore. As a woman and a Queen Consort – instead of ruling in her own name – Sophia Charlotte was able to pull it off.

It can be argued that Constitutional Monarchies are the peak of secret Noble desires. “Let the riff-raft worry about budgets and armies and laws. I’m going to enjoy my rum, dance at the balls, lead the ceremonies, chase the skirts, and live in the Big House!”

In 1695, she had received the estates of Lietzow manor west of Berlin from her husband in exchange for further away Caputh. Here she had a Baroque summer residence erected by the architects Johann Arnold Nering and Martin Grünberg, in order to live independently from her husband and have her own court. Frederick was only allowed there by invitation, as on 11 July 1699, when she hosted a birthday party for him.

The Big House
Charlottenburg Palace,
the royal residence of the Hohenzollern family in Berlin (finished 1713)

In almost every way, the middle-class of today lives better lives than the royalty of old. One of the few ways they still have us beat is with enormous estates. Another way is with hordes of servants.

And… that’s about it.

Sophia Charlotte is mainly remembered for her friendship and correspondence with her mother’s good friend and tutor Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, whose avowed disciple she became. In addition to German, she spoke French, Italian and English fluently. Following the example set by her mother, she surrounded herself with philosophers and theologians like Isaac de BeausobreDaniel Ernst Jablonski and John Toland and inspired the foundation of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. She was interested in music, sang and played the harpsichord, had an Italian opera theater constructed, and employed the musicians Attilio Ariosti and Giovanni Bononcini. The composer Arcangelo Corelli dedicated his Op. 5 sonatas for solo violin (Rome, 1700) to her.

It’s quite easy for any motivated commoner today — yes, even in the United States — to learn French, Italian, English, and German fluently… if they actually wanted to.

Golden opportunities, blowing away in the wind…

It’s much harder for any motivated commoner to surround himself with philosophers and theologians today: but that’s OK, as both groups are intellectually sterile and quite irrelevant in today’s world.1

By some reports she disliked her husband’s elaborate ceremonies so much that during their coronation she took pinches of snuff to provide herself with “some pleasant distraction”.[1]

Some Imperial Nobles like their snuff. Others like stronger stuff.

There are few teetotalers and abstainers among the wealthy and powerful.

Sophia Charlotte was such a formidable personage that when Tsar Peter the Great first met her and her mother on his Grand Embassy in 1697, he was so overwhelmed and intimidated that he could not speak. Both women put him at ease, and he reciprocated with his natural humour and trunks full of brocade and furs.

It takes quite a woman to intimidate Peter the Great.

While on a visit to her mother in Hanover, Sophia Charlotte died of pneumonia on 21 January 1705, when she was 36 years of age.

The greatest benefit of the modern age is that fathers die before their sons.

(And yes, Sophia of Hanover was alive when her daughter was buried. A pain few Commoners today have to endure.)

A secondary benefit of commoner life today is that very few people die of pneumonia today, including the COVID years and their puffed-up fears:2 and those that do tend to be pushing 75. Not 37.

1Yes, yes, I’m a hardcore Christian Reconstructionist, so I enjoy my Rushdoony, North, Marinov, and nowadays Perks too. I keep a free PDF bookshelf of North, Marinov, and Perks on my other website, and often read up on Rushdoony at his foundation.

But outside of Reconstructionist circles, every theologian merely dutifully repeat at third hand what secular philosophers declare, and they haven’t had a new idea since Kant. Currently, that godless (and therefore lawless… when not frankly insane) bunch is dissolving into postmodernist nihilism, and should be left to share their well-deserved obscurity with the vast majority of equally worthless theologians.

2If you despise the COVID incompetent tyrants as much as I do, let me suggest a new website to visit: The Expose. Outside of China, the chains are rapidly falling off, but there’s the issue of accountability to consider. In the last three days, we have:

…and, as a bonus…

Our meritocratic rulers – “Never aristocratic! NEVER!” – have no intention of being held to account for the damage and pain they have needlessly caused.

We should smash their intentions.

And Christians should take the lead in this fight.

(Because I guarantee that the Marxist never will!)

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