Princess Henriette Adelaide of Savoy

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 Ferdinand Maria. 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 in Turin 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 and Marie de' Medici. After the death of her father, her mother was the Regent of Savoy for two of Henriette Adelaide's brothers Francis Hyacinth (1632–1638) and Charles Emmanuel II (1634–1675). Her uncle's Maurice of Savoy and his younger brother Thomas disputed the power of their sister-in-law, and her French entourage.

When the first heir Francis Hyacinth died in 1638, both brothers started the Piedmontese Civil War, with Spanish support. The two parties were called "principisti" (supporters of the Princes) and "madamisti" (supporters of Madama Reale).

Her maternal uncles were Louis XIII of France, Nicholas Henri, Duke of Orléans and Gaston, Duke of Orléans. Her maternal aunts were Elisabeth of Bourbon and Henrietta Maria of France. Her uncles-by-marriage included Philip IV of Spain through Elisabeth and Charles I of England through Henrietta...
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