FOREWORD

Though this is a book about the surging power and fame of the English-Hanover and Prussian Royal Families in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it is much more. It is a story of the great private tragedies of many family members sacrificed along the road to glory, of the ruthless smashing up of illicit love affairs, of indestructible wills.

Two love affairs are covered in great detail.

Only one winner emerged from the bitter, ruthless power struggle played out within the northern German House of Brunswick-Luneburg, George the First of England-Hanover. The big loser, his wife Sophie Dorothea of Celle (1666-1726), was imprisoned for the last thirty-two years of her life. Her lover Count Philip Konigsmark was murdered by George’s family. 

Just like her grandmother Sophie Dorothea of Celle, Princess Amalie of Prussia (1723-87), the youngest sister of Frederick the Great, was also struck down by a life-shattering love affair. Her lover, Baron Frederick von der Trenck, sat for eleven years in her brother Frederick’s gaols, chained up like a dog in a damp, dark cell. Amalie became embittered and never married. Instead, she became a great musician. Trenck, a tearaway with immaculate aristocratic breeding, lost everything because he dared to love a Princess. He eventually died in the guillotine in the madness that was called the French Revolution.

This is also a story of George the First (1660-1727) of England and his grandson Frederick the Great (1712-1786) of Prussia, of their unquenchable lust for power, interlaced with an intimate look into their tragic private lives and those of their parents and nearest relatives. Frederick quite rightly earned his esteemed title of ‘the Great’ through his military prowess. During the Seven Years’ War (1756-63) his tiny kingdom of just 3 million Prussians fought against a combined enemy of 45 million French, Russians, Austria-Hungarians, Swedes and Saxons and was NOT defeated!


Contents | Free PDF | Back Cover | Introduction  |  Trenck & Princess Amalie | Prussia | Orders, scroll down page |
| Illustrations | Acknowledgements | Bibliography | Links | Inside Duskjacket


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