Elizabeth, Albertine

Elizabeth, Albertine countess of the Palatinate, was born at Heidelberg December 26, 1618. She was the eldest daughter of the unfortunate Friedrich V,: king of Bohemia, and of Elizabeth Stuart, daughter of James I. The misfortunes of her family led to her becoming abbess of the institution of Herford, in Westphalia, where she died February 11, 1680. She was no less distinguished for her high attainments in literature and science than for her sincere and active piety. All true Christians in need of help were sure to receive it from her. She was the intimate friend of Fox, Keith, Barclay, Malebranche, Leibnitz, Des Cartes, Gichtel, etc. Penn, in a passage of his "No Cross, no Crown," pays a fitting tribute to her piety and virtue. — Herzog, Real-Encyklop. 3:769. See Guhrauer, Pfalzgrafin Elisabeth (Raumner's Historisches Taschenbuch, 1851); Goebel. Gesch. d. christlichen Lebens in d. rhein.-westphal. evang. Kirche (Coblentz, 1852).

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