BARON FREDERICK VON DER TRENCK & PRINCESS ANNA AMALIE OF PRUSSIATo my knowledge, my research has uncovered virtually all the English and German literature published between 1712 and the early 1990s which mentions either Princess Amalie of Prussia or Baron Frederick von der Trenck. This research, combined with my original research on them in the State Archive in Berlin, makes this the most comprehensive work ever published on both Princess Amalie of Prussia and Baron Frederick von der Trenck.
FREDERICK VON DER TRENCK, BEST SELLING AUTHORThough Frederick von der Trenck's autobiography was first published in the late 1780s, in his lifetime alone it sold around 40 000 copies in German, a huge seller for the time. It was also translated into French, Dutch, English, Hungarian and Italian. In 1912 Gustav Gugitz and Max von Portheim published a bibliography listing some 195 published titles of or to do with Trenck's memoirs. Since then some twenty editions or adaptions have also been published. Even now, more than two hundred years after his death on the guillotine in Paris, the light shill shines on the legend of Frederick the Great's most (in)famous prisoner.
When Casanova, the famous Italian stallion, first came to public notice in Europe he was called a "Trenck", just as now we would call someone a "Casanova". Trenck became a famous man throughout Europe at the end of the 1700s