Message modified by board administrator 4/10/2011, 8:27 am
Historian Thera Coppens, author of (a.o.) the impressive book on Hortense, the forgotten Queen of Holland, has done an outstanding job in her most recent book;
Sophie (a Princess of Orange in Germany) in Weimar
Publication date: late May 2011
This book tells the story of Princess Sophie of the Netherlands (1824-1897) the youngest child of King Willem II and Queen Anna Pavlovna.
At 18 she leaves for Weimar, to marry her cousin Carl Alexander, Hereditary Grand Duke von Sachsen Weimar Eisenach.
It is thanks to this couple that the Court of Weimar earned itself a special status in the world of Arts, Music, Theatre & Literature. Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Hans Christian Andersen were among the well-known names in their own intimate circle of friends.
Goethe's grandsons left all of his works to Sophie, who was instrumental in setting up the famous Goethe & Schiller Archiv in Weimar.
More info about this book, which is in Dutch, and its author, can be found through this link:
Thera Coppens's website also mentions the lectures she gives throughout the country as well as it mentions the special journeys with small, selected groups to bring history back alive
Weimar was such a recent special journey!
Some years ago I attended a lecture by Thera Coppens, about the Romanovs, and was totally captured by way she visualised their story and kept the whole audience spellbound !
For those who master the Dutch language there is much to enjoy when reading her books !!
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