Jean M. Woods NORDISCHER WEYRAUCH: THE RELIGIOUS LYRICS OF AURORA VON KÖNIGSMARCK AND HER CIRCLE There are many contradictions in the life of Aurora von Königsmarck (1662-1728). Born into one of the wealthiest families in Europe, she died in such poverty that her body remained unburied for more than a year, until her possessions could be sold to pay the costs of interment. She was extravagantly lauded as a great beauty and had many suitors; yet she never married. Much of her notoriety derives from the fact that she was one of the many mistresses of August the Strong of Saxony, whose illegitimate children allegedly numbered in the hundreds. Aurora's son by hirn was one of the few he officially recognized and provided for. Both before and after her liaison with August, Aurora led a life of worldly pleasure, a welcome guest at the courts of Germany and a participant in the lavish festivals which marked aristocratic life in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Yet she became prioress ("Pröbstin") ofthe protestant religious foundation in Quedlinburg in 1700, a development wh ich was no hindrance to the continuance of her pleasure-seeking existence. Membership in foundations such as
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Published: Mar 30, 1988
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