Frederick the Great
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'Highly readable and deeply researched' - Andrew Roberts 'Masterful ... brilliantly brings to life one of the most complex characters of modern European history' - Sunday Telegraph 'It is sure to be the standard English-language account for many years. It instructs; it entertains; and it surprises' - Philip Mansel, The Spectator Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, dominated the eighteenth century in the same way that Napoleon dominated the start of the nineteenth. He was a force of nature, a ruthless, brilliant, charismatic military commander, a monarch of exceptional energy and talent, a gifted composer, performer, poet and philosopher, and a discerning patron of artists, architects and writers, most famously Voltaire. From the very start of his reign he was an intensely divisive figure - fascinating even to those who hated him. Tim Blanning's brilliant new biography captures Frederick's vitality, complexity and flawed genius better than any previous writer. He also recreates a remarkable era, the last flowering of the old regime that would be swept away almost immediately after Frederick's death by the French Revolution. Equally at home on the battlefield or in the music room at Frederick's extraordinary miniature palace of Sanssouci, Blanning draws on a lifetime's immersion in the eighteenth century to present him in the round, with new attention paid to his cultural self-fashioning, including his sexuality. Frederick's spectre has hung over Germany ever since, both as inspiration and warning - Blanning at last allows us to understand him in his own time.

Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, dominated the 18th century in the same way that Napoleon dominated the start of the 19th - a force of nature, a caustic, ruthless, brilliant military commander, a monarch of exceptional energy and talent and a knowledgeable patron of artists, architects and writers, most famously Voltaire. From early in his reign he was already a legendary figure - fascinating even to those who hated him. Tim Blanning's brilliant biography recreates a remarkable era, a world which would be swept away shortly after Frederick's death by the French Revolution. Equally at home on the battlefield or in the music room at Frederick's extraordinary miniature palace of Sanssouci, Blanning draws on a lifetime's obsession with the 18th century to create a work that is in many ways the summation of all that he has learned in his own rich and various career. Frederick's spectre has hung over Germany ever since: an inspiration, a threat, an impossible ideal - Blanning at last allows us to understand him in his own time.

AuthorTim Blanning
BindingPaperback
EAN9780141039190
ISBN0141039191
Height780 mm
Length508 mm
Width114 mm
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages672
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2016-12-10
PublisherPenguin Uk
StudioPenguin Uk
Sales Rank255606

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  • The author associated with Frederick the Great is Tim Blanning.
  • The EAN for Frederick the Great is 9780141039190.
  • The ISBN for Frederick the Great is 0141039191.
  • The height for Frederick the Great is 780 mm.
  • The length for Frederick the Great is 508 mm.
  • The width for Frederick the Great is 114 mm.
  • The language for Frederick the Great is English.
  • The binding of Frederick the Great is Paperback.
  • The number of pages for Frederick the Great are 672.
  • Frederick the Great is grouped in Book group of products.
  • The publication date for Frederick the Great is 2016-12-10.
  • The publisher for Frederick the Great is Penguin Uk.
  • The producer for Frederick the Great is Penguin Uk.
  • The sales rank for Frederick the Great is 255606.