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Many of the stories about Frederick’s childhood were written afterwards. So don’t nail me down on any of these things.
It’s unlikely that his dad really planned to execute him, he mainly wanted to scare and break him (he said as much). But of course Austria and Poland didn‘t know that, and neither did Frederick. Both weren’t the only countries trying to save him. England, Russia and Sweden did as well. His dad was actually surprised by the strong European reaction.
Useless info: Frederick spent some time with Casanova. They even ended up in Frederick’s bedroom (doing nothing, really).
Equally useless info: Frederick and Voltaire once had a discussion about the beautiful butts of French men. I didn’t understand half of it and it’s probably better this way.
Voltaire summed up his relationship with Frederick well :
„I couldn‘t live without you, nor with you. I’m not speaking to the King, to the hero. I leave that to other rulers. I’m speaking to the one who has bewitched me, whom I‘ve loved and with whom I’m always angry.“