Literary Nonfiction. Translated by Dennis McCort. An intimate insightful biography of Frederick the Great written by two of his royal descendants, Princess Sibylle and Prince Frederick William of Prussia. Deemphasizing the King's political and military achievements while highlighting his personal relationships, interests, moods and even quirks, this book gives us Frederick II as full-blooded, highly sensitive and compassionate Mensch rather than as Olympian monarch. His tortured relationship with his martinet father, the "Soldier King;" his extraordinary devotion to his dogs, his deep feelings for his elder sister Wilhelmine or for Count Rothenburg.; his passion for reading and for the ideals of Enlightenment philosophy as guiding forces in government; the seemingly ceaseless tide of grief he had to endure over the rapid succession of deaths of those closest to him; even his less than fastidious table manners in cutting up bits of meat on the tablecloth for his nearby dogs—these and many other facets of a charismatic personality make this a volume that is for history buffs virtually "unputdownable."
Sibylle, Princess of Prussia, was Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Academy of Arts in Berlin and resides today in Berlin as a freelance artist. Frederick William, Prince of Prussia, is the most direct descendant of Frederick the Great. In his publications the doctoral historian deals with the history of the House of Brandenburg-Prussia. Author City: BERLIN GER