from high above.
4 shots, handheld from the tower I ´ll post for yesterday.
The two towers you see here are the seiger tower (left) and the John´s tower or Coseltower on the right. the Countess of Cosel was imprisoned there after the 3 stored living house burned down. The remains of that house are on the right, where now the open air cafeteria is. In the very right corner is the Countess´burial site. The big white stoneplate marks her grave, which is in the blocked crypta underneath.
Countess of Cosel #3
In 1713, Anna Constantia was banished to the Pillnitz Castle, but in 1715 she managed to flee to Berlin, Prussia. For this, she was condemned in Saxony as a Landesverräter (state criminal). In Berlin, she hoped to get her hands on Augustus' secret written marriage promise, which was in the hands of her cousin Detlev Christian Rantzau, held in the fortress of Spandau.
However, the countess failed to retrieve this important document and was arrested on 22 November 1716 in Halle an der Saale and exchanged for Prussian deserters in Saxony.
Augustus exiled his former mistress on 26 December 1716 to the Burg Stolpen, where she was kept for the next 49 years until her death.
After the death of August the Strong (1 February 1733) and during the reign of his son and successor, August III, the countess' exile was apparently not lifted, although there is no certainty about that or about the details surrounding her continued residence at Burg Stolpen. It is curious that the countess did not use the opportunity to flee, twice presented to her (in 1745 and 1756), in both cases the Saxon guards having fled before advancing Prussian troops. She died in Stolpen. wiki
You see the story of the Countess of Cosel is quite a thriller.
I´ve bought a book about her life on that castle, which has a lot more information on her life and family than the wikipedia article, but translating all the important stuff to english is something i can´t atm.
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