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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 Society, 1840–1847

Monarchy and Society, 1840–1847

(p.99) 5 Monarchy and Society, 1840–1847
Frederick William IV and the Prussian Monarchy 1840–1861

David E. Barclay

Oxford University Press

Any book by Bettine von Arnim was bound to attract attention. A native of Frankfurt am Main, Bettine had largely been brought up by her grandmother, Sophie La Roche, a friend of Goethe. She herself had met that Olympian figure for the first time in 1807, and thereafter venerated him with a passion that bordered on the cultic. Bettine's book elicited a mixed reaction from the public, and a puzzled one from the King. With her unflagging optimism and untiring zeal, she was determined that both the king and the poor should be rescued. Bettine von Arnim hoped for radical initiatives from Frederick William IV. The government of Frederick William IV was required to react to real social needs and also to intensifying public demands for genuine political participation.

Keywords:   Bettine von Arnim, Frankfurt, Sophie La Roche, monarchy, Frederick William IV

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