Adams, John Laurence.
'Friedrich der Siegreiche', a general and statesman seemingly without equal in the confusion of the splintering Empire.
As the Turks took Constantinople, the Hundred Years War dragged to an ignominous close at Castillon, the Reconquista entered its final stages and the Wars of the Roses began to rock the English monarchy to its foundations, there emerged in Germany a remarkable man whose usurpation of power combined integrity with ruthless
Against enormous odds and in the face of numerous powerful enemies he increases the glory of his house, intrigues with the crowned heads of Europe on equal terms, consolidates the power base he has hacked out for himself and his successors... and dies to be buried in the humblest way imaginable, handing over to the nephew he had supplanted in a way to make the mind of
a Richard III boggle. That Friedrich was also a gifted strategist and battlefield commander can only enhance the interest he has for us.
Little is known of his early life, memories of this no doubt being eclipsed by his later achievements; he emerges as if from the shadows on the death of his brother, coming to aid his country
in its hour of need. Rarely has the minority of
a ruler produced such an astounding regent. In
this forward I can allow myself to be less than objective - whether this evaluation of Friedrich's achievements be valid, I leave the reader to decide.
- Softcover: 52 pages
- Language: English
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