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Frederick the Great

by Nancy Mitford, Kate Williams

Frederick the Great Synopsis

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.

Frederick the Great Press Reviews

He is everything I like, brave, funny, no nonsense, marvellous taste, common sense, interested in everything -- Nancy Mitford on Frederick II of Prussia The unmistakable Mitford trill, in whose light, bright cadences an entire hard-to-shock and easy-to-bore view of life is made manifest -- Zoe Heller * Daily Telegraph * Elegant and entertaining * Chicago Tribune * Witty and atmospheric * Sunday Times * [Her books] have the air of having been talked on to the page, in a voice as direct and intimate and clear as a child's -- Laura Thompson * Daily Telegraph *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099528869
Publication date: 6th October 2011
Author: Nancy Mitford, Kate Williams
Publisher: Vintage Classics an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military, European history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

About Nancy Mitford, Kate Williams

Nancy Mitford was born in London on November 28 1904, daughter of the second Baron Redesdale, and the eldest of six girls. Her sisters included Lady Diana Mosley; Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire and Jessica, who immortalised the Mitford family in her autobiography Hons and Rebels. The Mitford sisters came of age during the Roaring Twenties and wartime in London, and were well known for their beauty, upper-class bohemianism or political allegiances. Nancy contributed columns to The Lady and the Sunday Times, as well as writing a series of popular novels including The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, which ...

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