academic writing and sexuality vol 3,952,300:
Historians and biographers who like to psychoanalyze celebrated figures of the past will find no more fascinating subject than Frederick the Great. He embodied many of the contradictions of his age.
YEAH, WHAT WAS UP WITH THAT DUDE AND ALSO THE ENLIGHTENMENT, RIGHT, WHAT EVEN IS ENLIGHTENED DESPOTISM
He subscribed to many of the Enlightenment’s ideals, such as religious toleration, but he ruled with an iron fist and used his army as his principal tool of foreign relations.
yes, right, that doesn’t make sense! contradictiory policies on everything from religious tolerance to torture to the rights of the peasantry vs the aristocracy –
He loved French literature and Italian opera, but never traveled to France or Italy. He disliked to speak or write in German (preferring French), but worked throughout his reign to increase the strength and size of his German-speaking kingdom.
this has begun to get a little weird simply because even for an enlightened despot forcing everyone in your country to speak french would be…hard….but YEAH like being remembered as founding a sense of national identity you didn’t actually….
He married, but he lived apart from his wife, had no children, and preferred the company of men.
???? WOW, HOW DID THAT EVER COME ABOUT. HOW PSYCHOLOGICALLY COMPLEX.
truly this embodies uh, the internal contradictions of i guess the entire 18th century and also the enlightenment.