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Clara Elisabeth von Platen

Clara Elisabeth von Platen

German noblewoman, mistress of Ernest Augustus, Elector of Hanover
The basics
Gender female
Birth January 14, 1648
Death January 30, 1700 (Hanover, Hanover region, Lower Saxony, Germany)
Spouse: Franz Ernst von Platen
Children: Sophia von KielmanseggCountess of DarlingtonErnst August von Platen-Hallermund
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The details

Clara Elisabeth, Countess von Platen - Hallermund (14 January 1648 - 30 January 1700, Schloss Monplaisir, in what is now the Von-Alten-Garten in Hannover) was a German noblewoman, most notable as the mistress of Ernest Augustus (Elector of Hanover, father of George I of Great Britain) and for her involvement in the Königsmarck Affair.


The eldest daughter of Georg Philipp von Meysenbug and his wife Anna Elisabeth von Meysenbug, Clara Elisabeth's father tried to get her and her sister Catharina positions at the French court at Versailles. When this attempt failed, he placed them at the court of Ernest Augustus, where Clara Elisabeth served as lady-in-waiting to the Duchess Sophia and attracted the Duke's attention. Exerting great influence on him, she bore him two children: Ernst August (1674–1726) and Sophia von Kielmansegg (1675–1717). In spite of being the Duke's / Elector's life-long mistress, Clara Elisabeth was married to Franz Ernst, Baron / Count (Reichsgraf since 1689) von Platen (-Hallermund) (1631–1709)

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