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Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861$
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David E. Barclay

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198204305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204305.001.0001

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The Nineteenth-Century Prussian Monarchy in its European Context

The Nineteenth-Century Prussian Monarchy in its European Context

(p.1) 1 The Nineteenth-Century Prussian Monarchy in its European Context
Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861

David E. Barclay

Oxford University Press

The Crown Prince of Prussia, the future Frederick William IV, had never exactly cut a dashing or martial figure. Fat and balding Frederick always felt more at home in the company of artists and architects than in the glittering world of court society. Despite his appreciation of the importance of ceremony and ritual, Frederick William III was himself a painfully shy man not usually given to gaudy display. Always devoted to his family, he was now surrounded by his four sons and his three daughters, along with their spouses. Few monarchs of his or any age had endured calamities and humiliations of the sort which had been his fate between 1806 and 1814. He has also been held responsible for the military collapse of 1806 and the royal family's ignominious flight from Berlin.

Keywords:   monarchy, Frederick William IV, nobility, Prussia, humiliation

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