By Ingrun Mann

considering the fact that her early early life on the glittering courtroom of Dresden, Anna were identified as a difficult child and troublemaker.  Servants complained approximately her violent outbursts, whereas courtiers bemoaned her basic put out of your mind for aristocratic lady etiquette.  Upon attaining her teenage years, the princess’ guardians made up our minds that Saxony’s enfant terrible should go away domestic as speedy as attainable by means of marrying a international suitor in a ideally far-away land.  input William of Orange: good-looking, fascinating, and inheritor to at least one of the Netherlands’ greatest estates.  the truth that he was once additionally a profligate partier and lover of girls was once comfortably ignored.  Anna instantly fell for the Dutch bon vivant despite warnings from a number of well-meaning relatives.  For one, William used to be a Catholic, whereas Anna adhered to the Protestant teachings of Martin Luther, severe voices counseled, safely predicting destiny difficulty for the princess within the Catholic Netherlands.  moreover, the prince’s liege lord, the fanatical Philip II of Spain, greatly disapproved of a fit among his top-rated vassal and a “Lutheran heretic.”  there has been additionally the problem of simple Anna’s starting to be obsession with the roguish William; an obsession that used to be no longer reciprocated.  finally, the impetuous princess threw warning to the wind.  No except William might do for a husband, she insisted, whereas publicly saying that “every vein in my physique heartily loves him.”

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