Frederick the Great: The Magnificent Enigma by Robert B. AspreyA cradle-to-the-grave of one of the most intriguing rulers in history, King Frederick the Great who raised the small kingdom of Prussia to major power status in the turbulent military and political struggles of the 18th century. A cruel childhood forced him to lie, deceive and cheat in order to enjoy, if only for brief periods, the life of an intellectual. Once on the throne he spent many years of often brilliant field command of his army in seemingly endless campaigns. He remained an intellectual, however, an essayist, historian, poet, flautist, consorting when possible with the French writer Voltaire.
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Sunday Documentary: Frederick the Great and the Enigma of Prussia
Frederick was the last Hohenzollern monarch titled King in Prussia and declared himself King of Prussia after achieving sovereignty over most historically Prussian lands in Prussia had greatly increased its territories and became a leading military power in Europe under his rule. In his youth, Frederick was more interested in music and philosophy than the art of war. Nonetheless, upon ascending to the Prussian throne he attacked Austria and claimed Silesia during the Silesian Wars , winning military acclaim for himself and Prussia. Toward the end of his reign, Frederick physically connected most of his realm by acquiring Polish territories in the First Partition of Poland. He was an influential military theorist whose analysis emerged from his extensive personal battlefield experience and covered issues of strategy, tactics, mobility and logistics. Considering himself "the first servant of the state",  Frederick was a proponent of enlightened absolutism.
This documentary rescues Frederick from Nazi propaganda, depicting him as a "philosopher king" who played host to Voltaire, wrote music, deeply resented his father, who bullied him into the soldier-king role almost having him executed when he tried to flee to England , and was probably gay. His friend, Rebecca, comes round to his room and lies on the bed with him listening to music. But he still loves his ex, over a year-and-a-half after they split up, and one day hopes to be with her again, opening up about how his long-term relationship broke down in the most heartbreaking way. Warming up nicely. JNR Getting On 10pm, BBC4 "Fly on the wall" possibly isn't the most hygienic way to describe a hospital comedy, but this second series for Jo Brand's ward-based series has been all about the slightly grubby details.
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Professor Christopher Clark details the life of one of Germany's (then Prussia) most famous rulers, Friedrich der Grosse, in the BBC.
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