Late this summer, a story emerged in the German press with all the trappings of an addictive soap opera: a secret affair, a sudden disappearance, and a buried skeleton.
During renovations to Leine Palace in Lower Saxony, Germany—the current home of Lower Saxony’s state parliament—workers discovered bones in a section of floor. After prosecutors determined that the person they belonged to hadn’t died recently, some began to wonder whether they could be the missing link in a 300-year-old mystery. And on Monday, they may find out. (Findings about the skeleton were announced on November 14. See the update below for more information.)
The caper begins in the late 17th century, when Britain’s future King George I was still Georg Ludwig, prince elector