King Frederick the Great of Prussia

King Frederick the Great of Prussia

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  • King Frederick was born on January 24, 1712.  He was fathered by Frederick William I and mothered by Sophia Dorothea.
  • Frederick's father strictly controlled his sons upbringing and education. He also despised any artistic or intellectual tastes that his son had.
  • His father's cruelty led Frederick to make an escape attempt with his friend(maybe a little bit more than just friend), Hans Herman Von Katte. They were caught and Frederick's father forced him to watch Hans' head be chopped off.
  • Frederick's Father died on May 31, 1740 and immediately after King Frederick was crowned. He made it clear to his ministers that he alone would be deciding policy.
  • Frederick went on to lead his nation through multiple wars with Austria and it's allies, earning himself the name Frederick the Great. His domestic policies also transformed Prussia into a modern state and a formidable European power.
  • King Frederick the Great of Prussia died on August 17, 1786. His great military genius went on to influence those like Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler.
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