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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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Monarchy as Gesamtkunstwerk: The Education of Frederick William IV, 1795–1840

Monarchy as Gesamtkunstwerk: The Education of Frederick William IV, 1795–1840

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(p.24) 2 Monarchy as Gesamtkunstwerk: The Education of Frederick William IV, 1795–1840
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Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861
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David E. Barclay

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204305.003.0002

The first religious service at that ‘Church of Peace’ took place in a time of profound and sweeping changes in the structure of the Prussian state, changes to which Frederick William IV had only superficially accommodated himself. If Sanssouci is perhaps the best-known physical symbol of the Frederician age in Prussia, then the neighbouring Friedenskirche is the clearest architectural embodiment of the character and values of Frederick William IV. The King's church was supposed to symbolize the state's very essence, while the Murano mosaic itself evoked Frederick William's notion of his own ordination through the grace of god. Frederick William's ideological and aesthetic politics were deeply rooted, above all, in the particular circumstances of his own life before 1840.

Keywords:   religious service, Church of Peace, Frederick William IV, monarchy, Prussia

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