Princess Henriette Adelaide Of Savoy
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Henriette Adelaide of Savoy
(Enrichetta Adelaide Maria; 6 November 1636 – 13 June 1676), was the wife of the
Elector of Bavaria
. She had much influence and with her husband did much to improve the
Electorate of Bavaria
, her adopted country.
Princess of Savoy
Born at the
Castello del Valentino
she was the older of twins;
Princess Catherine Beatrice of Savoy
died in Turin 26 August 1637. On 7 October 1637 she lost her father
Victor Amadeus I, Duke of Savoy
when she was just one year old. Her mother was
Christine Marie of France
, daughter of
Henry IV of France
Marie de' Medici
. After the death of her father, her mother was the Regent of Savoy for two of Henriette Adelaide's brothers
Charles Emmanuel II
(1634–1675). Her uncle's Maurice of Savoy and his younger brother
disputed the power of their sister-in-law, and her French entourage.
When the first heir
died in 1638, both brothers started the
Piedmontese Civil War
, with Spanish support. The two parties were called "
" (supporters of the Princes) and "
" (supporters of Madama Reale).
Her maternal uncles were
Louis XIII of France
Nicholas Henri, Duke of Orléans
Gaston, Duke of Orléans
. Her maternal aunts were
Elisabeth of Bourbon
Henrietta Maria of France
. Her uncles-by-marriage included
Philip IV of Spain
through Elisabeth and
Charles I of England
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