WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY KATE WILLIAMS
Frederick II of Prussia attempted to escape his authoritarian father as a boy, but went on to become one of history's greatest rulers. He loved the flute, and devoted hours of study to the arts and French literature, forming a long-lasting but turbulent friendship with Voltaire. He was a military genius and enlarged the borders of his empire, but he also promoted religious tolerance, economic reform and laid the foundation for a united Germany. Nancy Mitford brings all these contradictions and achievements to sparkling life in an fascinating, intimate biography.
The unmistakable Mitford trill, in whose light, bright cadences an entire hard-to-shock and easy-to-bore view of life is made manifest
Elegant and entertaining
Witty and atmospheric
[Her books] have the air of having been talked on to the page, in a voice as direct and intimate and clear as a child's
There's no book I'd pass on to younger readers sooner than Nancy Mitford's fantastically funny and wise insight into the truth about falling for someone, says Daisy Buchanan.
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