The caper begins in the late 17th century, when Britain’s future King George I was still Georg Ludwig, prince elector of Hannover, Germany, and his primary residence was Leine Palace. In 1682, Georg married his cousin Sophia Dorothea of Celle. Like many marriages among nobility, theirs was motivated more by politics than by love.

Georg was not a faithful spouse, and neither was Sophia Dorothea. About a decade into her marriage, she began an affair with Philipp Christoph von Königsmark, a Swedish count…

In the summer of 1694, Sophia Dorothea and Königsmark made plans to run away together—but Georg became aware of their affair. On the day the lovers planned to escape, Königsmark mysteriously disappeared and wasn’t seen again. Georg then divorced Sophia Dorothea and imprisoned her miles away in another castle, where she died three decades later. –Skeleton Discovery Reignites 300-Year-Old Royal Murder Mystery By Becky Little

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a suspicious disappearance involving romance and royalty.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about highly publicized romantic triangles among celebrities?

Art Prompt: Romance and Murder

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of Georg, Sophie Dorothea, and Königsmark.

Photo Credit: Sophie Dorothea Prinzessin von Ahlden on Wikimedia

2 Responses to Prompt #1932 Romance and Murder

  1. Candy Korman says:

    Classic triangle with a royal twist—and a fabulous painting!

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