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Old Fritz and the New Era   By: (1814-1873)

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In "Old Fritz and the New Era" by Luise Mühlbach, readers are transported back in time to the vibrant and tumultuous era of Frederick the Great, the King of Prussia. This historical novel beautifully captures the essence of the 18th century with its engaging narrative and well-researched backdrop.

One of the most compelling aspects of this book is the depth of its character development. Mühlbach skillfully portrays the complex and multifaceted personality of Frederick the Great, showcasing his intelligence, ambition, and insecurities. Through the vivid descriptions and insightful dialogues, readers gain a profound understanding of the man behind the myth.

The author's meticulous attention to historical detail is commendable. From the opulent court of Frederick the Great to the blood-soaked battlefields, every setting in the novel feels authentic and immersive. Mühlbach's extensive research shines through, bringing to life the political intrigues, military strategies, and social dynamics of the time.

Furthermore, "Old Fritz and the New Era" presents a fascinating exploration of the clash between tradition and progress. As Frederick the Great finds himself torn between maintaining the old ways and embracing the winds of change, the novel raises thought-provoking questions about the nature of power and the responsibilities of a ruler. Mühlbach's skillful characterization allows readers to witness Frederick's inner struggle and understand the complexity of his decisions.

However, the pacing of the narrative occasionally suffers due to the author's desire to incorporate a vast array of historical events. While these events provide a broader context for the story, they can sometimes overshadow the personal journeys of the characters, making the story feel rushed at times.

Overall, "Old Fritz and the New Era" is a captivating novel that offers an intricate portrait of Frederick the Great and the era in which he lived. Mühlbach's rich storytelling and meticulous historical research make this book a must-read for history enthusiasts. It is an immersive and enlightening journey through a pivotal period in European history, leaving readers with a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by those who shape nations.

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OLD FRITZ AND THE NEW ERA

By L. Muhlbach

Translated from the German by Peter Langley

BOOK I.

OLD FRITZ.

I. The Lonely King

II. Wilhelmine Enke

III. Frederick William

IV. The Drive to Berlin

V. The Oath of Fidelity

VI. The Parade

VII. The Miraculous Elixir

VIII. The Golden Rain

IX. German Literature and the King

BOOK II.

ROSICRUCIANS AND POWERFUL GENIUSES.

X. Goethe in Berlin

XI. The Inner and the Middle Temple

XII. The Jesuit General

XIII. A Pensioned General

XIV. The King's Letter

XV. Hate and Love

XVI. Charles Augustus and Goethe

XVII. Goethe's Visits

XVIII. Farewell to Berlin

BOOK III.

STORM AND PRESSURE.

XIX. The King and the Austrian Diplomat

XX. The King and the Lover

XXI. In Weimar

XXII. The Reading

XXIII. Witchcraft

XXIV. The Purse Proud Man

XXV. The Elopement

XXVI. Under the Starry Heavens

XXVII. The Sacrifice

BOOK IV.

THE VISIBLES AND THE INVISIBLES.

XXVIII. Old Fritz

XXIX. Cagliostro's Return

XXX. The Triumvirate

XXXI. Future Plans

XXXII. Miracles and Spirits

XXXIII... Continue reading book >>




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