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and actually condescended to sit in what was called the
" Assembly of Divines at Westminster." His friends tried to
explain away this unnatural conduct by suggesting that it
was the result of a secret agreement between the King and
himself, a conjecture somewhat incredible. Karl Ludwig is
also said to have shown great avarice in monetary dealings
with his mother, whom he left to others to assist. And she
was not altogether satisfied with his matrimonial arrangements,
though in that respect he was perhaps more sinned against
than sinning, or at least there was niuch excuse for the line
he took. When thirty-three years of age he married Charlotte,
daughter of William V., Landgrave of Hesse-Cassel. She was
very handsome, and he was much in love with her, and con-
tinued to be so even after she showed that she never cared
for him. All the ardour of his affection was met with coldness
and bad temper, and she never took the slightest interest in
him or his pursuits, although he was described at the time
of their marriage as having a most attractive personality,
tall and very handsome, with a slender and graceful yet
powerful figure. There is a fine portrait of him by Vandyke,
in which one can trace a great likeness to his handsome
mother. No doubt he had a hot temper and may have
been selfish, but at the same time he was capable of ardent

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