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Elisabeth Charlotte von Orléans Liselotte: Anekdoten vom französischen Hofe vorzüglich aus den Zeiten Ludewigs des XIV und des Duc Regent, welchen noch ein Versuch über die Masque de Fer beigefügt ist  

After her marriage to the brother of Louis XIV, Liselotte von der Pfalz (1652–1722) became one of the most impressive personalities of her time as “Elisabeth Charlotte of Orléans”. Letters written by Liselotte von der Pfalz were published in the original language for the first time in 1789. However, this was not in the context of a faithful publication of a complete collection of letters – all that was published were the existing ‘anecdotes’, excerpts from letters which the Duchess of Orleáns sent to Wilhelmine Charlotte von Ansbach and, it is claimed, to Duke Anton Ulrich von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel.
The latter is believed to have commissioned the excerpts and was the first to realize precisely what it was that made the ‘Palatinic’ letters so precious: the downright naturalist portrait of the courts and the ‘back court’ of Louis XIV and the regent. The collection of ‘anecdotes’ was also a form of historiography which was as common as it was popular in the 18th century, especially in the history of customs and culture. In addition, the Anekdoten have the merit of having aroused the interest in the correspondence of Liselotte in the first place. Schiller included wide parts of the Anekdoten into his Allgemeine Sammlung Historischer Memoires, thus contributing to a considerable degree to making them public.

TitleAnekdoten vom französischen Hofe
AuthorOrléans, Elisabeth Charlotte von
Year of Publication2006
Place of publicationHildesheim [u.a.]
Pica Productions NumberPPN521373719
Scanned Pages470
CollectionsDeutsche Literaturklassiker
Persistent URLhttp://www.olmsonline.de/purl?PPN521373719