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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 and Religious Renewal in Prussia, 1840–1850

Monarchy and Religious Renewal in Prussia, 1840–1850

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Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861

David E. Barclay

Oxford University Press

The friendship between Frederick William IV and Bunsen was rooted in a number of shared interests and personality traits. Both were generalists, with an inexhaustible interest in a wide range of subjects. As an awakened Christian, Frederick William was fiercely committed to the establishment of a Christian state in Prussia as a bulwark against the corruptions of the modern age. Frederick William III shared Bunsen's fascination with liturgical matters, and indeed was virtually obsessed with their details. Both Frederick William III and his son appreciated Bunsen's ability to speak frankly to them. As Crown Prince, Frederick William IV had long been respected and even popular in the Rhineland. The Gerlachs and their friends were also disturbed by Frederick William's continued determination, sustained by his contacts with Bunsen.

Keywords:   friendship, Frederick William IV, Bunsen, monarchy, Christian state, Prussia

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