As noted above, other chapters examine instances of the contributions of women to the appearance, organisation and splendour of their residences: Michael Wenzel considers the gallery of female portraits--the 'Hampton Court Beauties'--commissioned by Mary II of England, as a means of visual representation, while Helga Meise contemplates the reflection of the status of Elisabeth Dorothea of Hesse-Darmstadt
(1640-1709) through her household.
Your territory, Hesse-Cassel (or Hessen-Kassel), is divided by two rival hereditary lines, and while your line is firmly Reformed or Calvinist, Hesse-Darmstadt is led by a Lutheran faction eager to make peace with the Holy Roman Empire.
Gender-specific issues arise only a few times (mostly by her rival Georg II of Hesse-Darmstadt, who kept calling her stupid and weak).
For his efforts, he was rejected by both teachers and sent back to the court of his employer, the Landgrave Ernst Ludwig of Hesse-Darmstadt
Battenberg cake is thought to have been invented by a clever soul in the royal pastry kitchens, to mark the marriage in 1884 of Princess Victoria of Hesse-Darmstadt
, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, to Prince Louis of Battenberg, whose son, Lord Mountbatten of Burma, tragically lost his life to an IRA bomb in his fishing boat in Ireland.
The 18th century ``Gala Berlin Coach of Landgraf Ludwig VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt
,'' as it is described in the catalog, is missing only a team of white chargers to transport you to the prince's ball.
Last but not least there were political motives: Hesse-Darmstadt
had been an independent German state since 1866, a small enclave within the large Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau but with few political rights and, culturally, in the shadow of n earby Frankfurt.
The final years of the war involved a fierce struggle between Hesse-Kassel and Hesse-Darmstadt
, which was waged in part in the Werra region.
Unlike the other courts, the landgraviate of Hesse-Darmstadt
had just one Kapellmeister during the entire time period under consideration: Christoph Graupner (1683-1760) began his term in 1709 and stayed until his death.
After 1815 most of the Rhineland was governed by outsiders residing in the capitals of the three core states of Prussia, Hesse-Darmstadt
, and Bavaria.
For example, Talbot's discussion of the cantatas for the Mantua court under Prince Philip of Hesse-Darmstadt
provides some intriguing connections between texts of the cantatas and the court life at Mantua, with potential references to specific personages and court activities.