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History of Friedrich II of Prussia - Volume 01

Thomas Carlyle

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Books: you dwell in endless regions of the superficial, of the nugatory: to your bewildered sense it is as if no insight into the real heart of Friedrich and his affairs were anywhere to be had. Truth is, the Prussian Dryasdust, otherwise an honest fellow, and not afraid of labor, excels all other Dryasdusts yet known; I have often sorrowfully felt as if there were not in Nature, for darkness, dreariness, immethodic platitude, anything comparable to him. He writes big Books wanting in almost every quality; and does not even give an INDEX to them. He has made of Friedrich's History a wide-spread, inorganic, trackless matter; dismal to your mind, and barren as a continent of Brandenburg sand!—Enough, he could do no other: I have striven to forgive him. Let the reader now forgive me; and think sometimes what probably my raw-material was!—

Curious enough, Friedrich lived in the Writing Era,—morning of that strange Era which has grown to such a noo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Well, it wasn't a quick read, had to skim through the queen's English blabber! The book starts with a portrait of Frederick I notes about his immediate family. The author then takes a deep dive into the history of Brandenburg Prussia starting with great migration of Wends/ Huns up till Frederick Wil