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'For God and For her'. A TYW anecdote.

Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:05 pm

In Autumn 1621, young Christian of Brunswick, declared himself for the cause of the Protestants. Some years before, in 1616, he was elected Lutheran administrator of the Prince-Bishopric of Halberstadt. This position provided him the necessary finances to start a military career. The Catholics called him 'the false bishop'. Young Christian loved war and hated Catholics.
After the defeat of the Protestants at 'White Mountain' in 8th November 1620 he saw the opportunity of leading himself the Protestant cause. He raised an army and declared in a romantic way passionately in love in a chivalrous way of Elizabeth, the wife of Frederick V, 'The Bohemian Queen'.
On one occasion that they met, the beautiful queen lost a glove. Christian saw it and rapidly took the glove from the floor and with a reverence he told her 'Madan, i will return the glove to you once we were at the Palatinate'.
From this moment he wore the glove sewed to his hat with this inscription on it, 'Pour Dieu et pour elle' (For God and for her), a blasphemy in fact, as he meant Elizabeth not the mother of Jesus.
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Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:16 pm

Thanks for the anecdote ! :)

The fine lady, Elizabeth Stuart (daughter of James Ist) :


If I were Christian, I would also risk my soul in blasphemies !
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