Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great This title is presented with an Introduction by Kate Williams Frederick II of Prussia attempted to escape his authoritarian father as a boy but went on to become one of history s greatest rulers He l

  • Title: Frederick the Great
  • Author: Nancy Mitford
  • ISBN: 9780060129866
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This title is presented with an Introduction by Kate Williams Frederick II of Prussia attempted to escape his authoritarian father as a boy, but went on to become one of history s greatest rulers He loved the flute, and devoted hours of study to the arts and French literature, forming a long lasting but turbulent friendship with Voltaire He was a military genius and enlThis title is presented with an Introduction by Kate Williams Frederick II of Prussia attempted to escape his authoritarian father as a boy, but went on to become one of history s greatest rulers He loved the flute, and devoted hours of study to the arts and French literature, forming a long lasting but turbulent friendship with Voltaire He was a military genius and enlarged the borders of his empire, but he also promoted religious tolerance, economic reform and laid the foundation for a united Germany Nancy Mitford brings all these contradictions and achievements to sparkling life in an fascinating, intimate biography.

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    1. Nancy Mitford, CBE 28 November 1904, London 30 June 1973, Versailles , styled The Hon Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon Mrs Peter Rodd thereafter, was an English novelist and biographer, one of the Bright Young People on the London social scene in the inter war years She was born at 1 Graham Street now Graham Place in Belgravia, London, the eldest daughter of Lord Redesdale and was brought up at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire She was the eldest of the six controversial Mitford sisters.She is best remembered for her series of novels about upper class life in England and France, particularly the four published after 1945 but she also wrote four well received, well researched popular biographies of Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, and Frederick the Great She was one of the noted Mitford sisters and the first to publicise the extraordinary family life of her very English and very eccentric family, giving rise to a Mitford industry which continues.Her Published Works Novels Highland Fling 1931 Christmas Pudding 1932 Wigs on the Green 1935 Pigeon Pie 1940 The Pursuit of Love 1945 Love in a Cold Climate 1949 The Blessing 1951 Don t Tell Alfred 1960 Non Fiction Madame de Pompadour 1954 Voltaire in Love 1957 The preface to Saint Simon at Versailles by Lucy Norton 1958 The Water Beetle 1962 The Sun King 1966 Frederick the Great 1970 A Talent to Annoy Essays, Journalism and Reviews 1929 1968 edited by Charlotte Mosley 1986 Collections of Letters Love from Nancy The Letters of Nancy Mitford edited by Charlotte Mosley 1993 The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh edited by Charlotte Mosley 1996 The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street Letters between Nancy Mitford and Heywood Hill 1952 73 edited by John Saumarez Smith 2004 The Mitfords Letters Between Six Sisters edited by Charlotte Mosley 2007 Works as Editor The Ladies of Alderley Letters 1841 1850 1938 The Stanleys of Alderley Their letters 1851 1865 1939 Mitford edited these two volumes of letters, written by the family of her great grandparents, Edward Stanley, 2nd Baron Stanley of Alderley and his wife Henrietta Maria, daughter of the 13th Viscount Dillon Noblesse Oblige 1956

    2. A great man, who fell out of favour in modern history because he was so admired by the Nazis.Having read another Mitford biography I knew what to expect - a conversational style and an assumption that the reader already has a working knowledge of the history of the era. This wasn't a problem for me with Madame de Pompadour but what I knew about Russian history would fit comfortably on the back of a postage stamp, so I struggled with this read until I put all other books aside & really concen [...]

    3. ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب به زندگانی یکی از پادشاهان دوست داشتی و محبوبِ تاریخِ اروپا یعنی «فردریک بزرگ» یا همان «فردریک دوم» پرداخته است‎عزیزانم، «فردریک بزرگ» از سالِ 1740 تا 1786 میلادی، پادشاه پروس (سلسلهٔ پادشاهی آلمان) بوده است‎او پادشاهی مقتدر و سربازی نمونه و انسانی [...]

    4. Frederick II (1712-1786) ruled Prussia from 1740 until his death, leading his nation through multiple wars with Austria and its allies. His daring military tactics expanded and consolidated Prussian lands, while his domestic policies transformed his kingdom into a modern state and formidable European power. As an enthusiastic patron of the arts and sciences, a gifted musician and a correspondent with the top minds of the Enlightenment, Frederick sought to embody the Platonic ideal of a “philos [...]

    5. I am a bit sad to have finished the last of Nancy Mitford's wonderful portrait biographies, but I can't be sad I read this. Inimitable, as always, Nancy. My hat is off to you. Full review in a roundup of awesome books on my blog: shouldacouldawouldabooks/

    6. Nancy Mitford's Frederick the Great is neither a complete nor scholarly biography of Prussia's most famous monarch. It is a popular chronicle written to be entertaining and not authoritative. As the reader would expect, Mitford displays a fine prose style, keen wit, and a gossipy flair – if occasionally stumbling over the facts. Her Frederick the Great is similar in tenor to Duff Cooper's biography of Talleyrand, but without Cooper's erudition. Although Mitford traveled around France, the form [...]

    7. Li esta biografia de Frederico, o Grande com interesse mas sem aquele entusiasmo arrebatador que as grandes obras nos suscitam. Dentro do género, satisfaz.

    8. Nancy Mitford provides an in-depth insight into the personality of Frederick the Great, especially through the extensive archives of his letters. These, coupled with Mitford's analysis of his character, have the power to change one's perception of Frederick; such a detailed view of his life brings to light the aspects of the person and not just his actions. This is done through the author's heavily narratorial structure, which is apt for certain events in his life, such as Frederick's relationsh [...]

    9. Mid-August Buddy ReadAnother biography of a King that I knew just a little about and his life. My copy has gorgeous illustrations that are a plus for the book. Mitford's style is story-like and enjoyable.

    10. An entertaining and edifying biography, skillfully combining political and military history with a wealth of amusing personal details about monarchical eccentricities. Did you know that Frederick II's father collected giants, sometimes by kidnapping them from their homes? Now you do.

    11. 3.5 stars for this entertainingly informative biography of one of the 18th century's notable rulers.Mitford recounts the life of Frederick II of Prussia, from cradle to grave, in an easy, breezy style which masks the serious research she did on her subject. This short book is a good introduction to Frederick's life. All of the high (and low) points are covered without drowning the reader in too much detail. She excels at bringing the large cast of characters to life, some with brief sketches, ot [...]

    12. I enjoyed the book, but it's missing something that would give it more weight. Mitford's narrative skips along in a breezy, light-hearted fashion that's fun to read, but Frederick the Great happens to be a subject better examined with more depth and with more understanding of the dark side of his personality, his battles, and his era. The great event of Frederick's life was the The Seven Years' War, which has been called a virtual 'World War' in its scope, with the participation of nearly all th [...]

    13. Decent primer on Frederick and his times, but no really in depth exploration of his policies or personality. It is lavishly illustartated

    14. I have a bit of a passion for historical biographies and this one did not dissapoint. Nancy Mitford's writng style is fresh and engaging. She definitely brings to life some of the complexity of Frederik the Great and in the end brings you to the conclusion that he was a significant and noble ruler of his time. I got interested in learning more about him while reading another biography of Napoleon. On Napolean's fated invasion of Russia he stopped in Potsdam, home of Frederik and the beautiful Sa [...]

    15. Nancy Mitford is a favorite of mine, without a doubt, and her Frederick the Great is the last European Enlightenment biography that she managed to finish before her early death. Frederick was spared a lot of her razor wit and snide remarks, maybe because she related to the overbearing father and strict expectations. Whatever the reason, Mitford's last biography is simply wonderful. Frederick the Great was challenged with problems early in his life (he had a brother die from the gun salute given [...]

    16. This lively biography of a great and complex Prussian king, military genius, musician, and promoter of the arts (1712-86), is by a British novelist and biographer of aristocratic birth, Nancy Mitford, whose novel, The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949)gave rare inside glimpses of upper class society in England. Much has been written on the diverse interests, pursuits, and ideologies of Nancy and her sisters (e.g of the four, one was a fascist and one was a communist). I esp [...]

    17. Frederick II of Prussia attempted to escape his authoritarian father as a boy, but went on to become one of history's greatest rulers. He loved the flute, and devoted hours of study to the arts and French literature, forming a long-lasting but turbulent friendship with Voltaire. He was a military genius and enlarged the borders of his empire, but he also promoted religious tolerance, economic reform and laid the foundation for a united Germany. Nancy Mitford brings all these contradictions and a [...]

    18. I loved this piece of history especially as it ties in with Catherine the Great. At the end of the book Napoleon is quoted at Frederick's grave saying if Frederick were still alive he Napoleon would not be leader.Frederick had an abusive father Frederick William, which like many stories of royal families could have suppressed him, but Frederick came out of it to be a great military strategist. He also had many good ideas about crop rotation, industrialization and reducing capital punishment as w [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this book. The writing style is very casual. But it is filled with facts and flows well. The titles and naming conventions were confusing to me, I believe partly because the book was published in 1970. And because it was written by an English author in a way that suggests her target audience would have some prior knowledge of the subject.Having read Catherine the Great, by Robert K. Massie, immediately prior to Fredrick the Great, I was very entertained by the difference in feel [...]

    20. I absolutely loved this book. It is clear that Mitford has digested a ton of primary sources on Frederick's life, and she is able to give a bird's eye view through the maze of largely chatty and gossipy diaries from Frederick's contemporaries that she brings to light. Her ability to engage in the minutiae and detail of the everyday, while at the same time keep the action moving at a quick pace with a steady narrative, is very impressive. I'm a fan and look forward to reading the other 3 18th cen [...]

    21. This is a biography that reads a little like a British tabloid: opinionated, biting, and filled with juicy details. Frederick the Great was a remarkable man, a military genius, an astute ruler, and a great friend to many men. He got married, but never spent any time with his Queen, they never lived together, in fact, she was never invited to Frederick's palace, Sans Suci. HIs upbringing was filled with pain as his father tortured him almost daily. He grew up loving French literature and the flut [...]

    22. A most edifying and enjoyable account of the Old Fritz. Whilst not absorbing in the same way as the account recorded by Tim Blanning, still a very worthwhile edition to any canon of Prussian history. That said, Nancy has a tendency to go overboard with the Old Fritz's Fracophile tendencies and also flatly rejects the Old Fritz's sexuality. Of course she reasons this by claiming an ignorance of same sex relations and of course her own love France shines through every page. As an introduction it i [...]

    23. Solid biography, packed full of interesting historical details. I was looking for a biography that would focus on the life of the man and his context, rather than obsessing over his military victories and in that regard, this book seriously delivered. YMMV as to whether this is the best way to present his life, but I was very pleased with it.

    24. Interesting history of Frederick. However, I had to look up many places,battles and persons. Presupposes a good knowledge of European History.

    25. Seldom do I make it through a non-fiction history book, but Nancy Mitford managed to make it easy for me and in record time. This was Mitford's last book, and written while ill with the cancer that would kill her not long after she finished the book. What a strong note to go out on. Much of the Frederick the Great is based on information gleaned from letters and what a fascinating read it is. I do wish Mitford had lived longer because she could have applied her deft touch to bring so many others [...]

    26. I was not as impressed with this biography as most of the other reviewers here. The style is stuffy and old fashioned, and the reading is slow going. The author jumps from topic to topic and most are treated very superficially. We hear a lot more about Frederick's little spats with Voltaire and his correspondence with his various admirers, for example, than we learn about his strategic thinking or his reforms. You don't come away from the book with an understanding of why he is called The Great. [...]

    27. Estive no final Março de 2014 em Sans Souci, a casa de Frederico o Grande. Berlim e Dresden, cidades por onde andou, também foram visitados. Ao ouvir a guia a contar-nos sobre o caracter surpreendente e enigmático deste personagem, senti uma grande empatia. Uma amiga tinha lido este livro, que me emprestou na viagem. Gostei imenso de conhecer mais sobre este grande Frederico, tão diferente dos alemães de agora, com uma personalidade tão difícil naqueles tempos conturbados em que não deve [...]

    28. A good book that gives a glimpse of the life of the Great Frederick, who, to my surprise and slight disappointment, was a Francophile, much like the author of the book who kept inserting French references throughout the book without giving proper translations!I'll be looking for a more detailed book on this topic.

    29. A comprehensive, though occasionally obtuse, biography of a great European statesman. Mitford takes great care to paint a fair, thorough picture of the Prussian king, but the book is best appreciated with at the ready.

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