A CROWN PRINCE GOES HIS OWN WAY
A royal drama took place in Prussia in 1730 that captivated the whole of Europe.
The young Crown Prince Frederick rebelled against his father, fled with a friend, was arrested and found himself facing execution. This sent a ripple through the royal houses of Europe. Emperor Charles VI and Prince Eugene personally interceded for the Crown Prince by letter and the drama took a happy turn: after the initial arrest, Frederick was completely vindicated. This paved the way for one of the most extraordinary ruling figures of this and every other period: philosopher, artist, musician, strategist, lawmaker, enlightened monarch – Frederick II, later called the Great (1712 - 1786), King of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg, took to the European stage.