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  2. Frederick the Great - Wikipedia

    Frederick was the son of then-Crown Prince Frederick William of Prussia and his wife, Sophia Dorothea of Hanover. [1] He was born sometime between 11 and 12 p.m. on 24 January 1712 in the Berlin Palace and was baptised with the single name Friedrich by Benjamin Ursinus von Bär on 31 January. [2]

  3. Frederick II | Biography, Accomplishments, Wars ... - Britannica

    Frederick II, byname Frederick the Great, German Friedrich der Grosse, (born January 24, 1712, Berlin, Prussia [Germany]—died August 17, 1786, Potsdam, near Berlin), king of Prussia (1740–86), a brilliant military campaigner who, in a series of diplomatic stratagems and wars against Austria and other powers, greatly enlarged Prussia’s ...

  4. Biography of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia - ThoughtCo

    Jeffrey Somers. Updated on October 16, 2019. Born in 1712, Frederick William II, known as Frederick the Great, was the third Hohenzollern King of Prussia. Although Prussia had been an influential and important part of the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, under Frederick’s rule the small kingdom rose to the status of a Great European Power and ...

  5. Frederick the Great · George Washington's Mount Vernon

    Frederick was more interested in philosophy and music than drill and maneuvers. At one point, Frederick attempted to flee Prussia. He was caught, arrested, and imprisoned for a short time by his father. Artistic and philosophical interests aside, Frederick clearly learned much about warfare as well.

  6. Frederick II - Prussia, Religion & Facts - Biography

    Frederick II, known as Frederick the Great, was Prussia's king from 1740 to 1786. By winning wars and expanding territories, he established Prussia as a strong military power. Updated: Apr 20,...

  7. Accomplishments of Frederick the Great | Britannica

    Frederick II, German Friedrich known as Frederick the Great, (born Jan. 24, 1712, Berlin—died Aug. 17, 1786, Potsdam, near Berlin), King of Prussia (1740–86). The son of Frederick William I, he suffered an unhappy early life, subject to his father’s capricious bullying.

  8. History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great,_Called_Frederick...

    History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great is a biography of Friedrich II of Prussia by Scottish essayist, historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle. It was first published in six volumes from 1858 to 1865. Composition and publication]

  9. Frederick II - Prussia, Voltaire & Accomplishments - HISTORY

    Frederick the Great: Legacy Frederick II (1712-1786) ruled Prussia from 1740 until his death, leading his nation through multiple wars with Austria and its allies. His daring military tactics...

  10. Frederick the Great - Military History - Oxford Bibliographies

    Frederick the Great (1712–1786) is one of the most fascinating figures of the Early Modern period. He cut a path across Europe both militarily and intellectually, although today he is mostly remembered for his military accomplishments after his ascent to the throne of Prussia in 1740.

  11. What’s So Great About Frederick? The Warrior King of Prussia

    History Magazine What’s So Great About Frederick? The Warrior King of Prussia Son of an abusive father, Frederick II blossomed when he took the throne. He attracted the great thinkers of...