Frederick the Great: A Life in Deed and Letters

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Macmillan, 24 feb 2001 - 436 páginas
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Piet and soldier, misanthrope and philospher, Frederick the Great was a contradictory, almost unfathomable man. His conquests made him one of the most formindable and feared leaders of his era. But as a patron of artists and intellectuals, Frederick re-created Berlin as one of the continent's great cities, matching his state's reputation for military ferocity with one for cultural achievement.

Though history remembers Frederick as a "Potsdam Fuhrer," his father more rightly deserved the title. When, as a youth, Frederick attempted to flee the elder man's brutality, the punishment was to watch the execution of his friend and co-conspirator, Katte. Though a subsequent compromise allowed Frederick to take the throne in 1740, he would remain true unto himself. His tastes for music, poetry, and architecture would match the significance of his military triumphs in the Seven Years' War.
Drawing on the most recent scholarship, Giles MacDonogh's fresh, authoritative biograhy gives us the most fully rounded portrait yet of an often misunderstood king.

 

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FREDERICK THE GREAT: A Life in Deed and Letters

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An ambitious portrait that concentrates on the enlightened monarch's intellectual (rather than military) achievements. From an early age, Frederick the Great (1712-86) was an avid reader and flutist ... Leer reseña completa

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Excellent, engaging biography of a complex and often misunderstood character. I read it as I traveled in Berlin, and visited Sans Souci. Perfect companion. Leer reseña completa

Índice

Introduction
3
The Father
11
The Growing Boy
28
No Two Men Quite Like Them
67
Rheinsberg
98
The New King
130
Chasing Clouds of Glory
152
Frederick the Great
178
I am Innocent of this War
244
The Stag at Bay
268
Expecting a Miracle
304
Picking up the Pieces
316
Dividing up the Pudding
357
Twilight
376
Notes
387
Index
419

Frederick and François
208

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Sobre el autor (2001)

Giles MacDonogh was born in London in 1955 and studied history at Oxford University. He has worked extensively in France as a teacher, a translator, a journalist, and an editor. After returning to England, he became increasingly well known as a gastronomic critic and authority on wine and spirits. For the last ten years, however, his consuming interest has been modern German history, and he has published several books on the subject. He has a regular column in the Financial Times and has written for many other papers and magazines. MacDonogh lives in London.

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