Which members of the present-day royal "family" do members of this forum suspect of having engaged in similarly incestuous practices? Is it not odd for instance that so long after Charles and Anne had grown up, two further brothers all of a sudden turned up on the balcony?
By the way, that "read" could be either past or present, and its pronunciation accordingly depends upon nothing in the text, but only upon what is in the mind of the reader.
All these things are quite possible, Sydney. My own sympathy lies with Sophia Dorothea of Celle. She was imprisoned in the Castle of Ahlden for the last thirty years of her life. Sophia's infidelity to her husband is not absolutely proven, as it is possible that the letters which purport to have passed between Königsmarck and herself are forgeries. George II was very disturbed by the imprisonment of his mother, and it was one of a number of reasons that contributed to the relationship of mutual hatred between him and his father.