this is a book about the surging power and fame of the English-Hanover
Prussian Royal Families in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, it
more. It is a story of the great private tragedies of many family
sacrificed along the road to glory, of the ruthless smashing up of
affairs, of indestructible wills.
affairs are covered in great detail.
winner emerged from the bitter, ruthless power struggle played out
northern German House of Brunswick-Luneburg, George the First of
big loser, his wife Sophie Dorothea of Celle (1666-1726),
was imprisoned for the last thirty-two years of her life. Her lover
Konigsmark was murdered by George’s family.
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
Frederick von der Trenck, sat for eleven years in her brother
chained up like a dog in a damp, dark cell. Amalie became embittered
she became a great musician. Trenck, a tearaway with immaculate
breeding, lost everything because he dared to love a Princess. He
died in the guillotine in the madness that was called the French
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
tragic private lives and those of their parents and nearest relatives. Frederick quite
rightly earned his esteemed title of ‘the Great’
through his military
During the Seven Years’ War (1756-63) his tiny kingdom of
Prussians fought against a combined enemy of 45 million French,
Austria-Hungarians, Swedes and Saxons and was NOT defeated!