Kingship, sexuality and courtly masculinity: Frederick the Great and Prussia on the cusp of modernity

@article{Ashton2019KingshipSA,
  title={Kingship, sexuality and courtly masculinity: Frederick the Great and Prussia on the cusp of modernity},
  author={Bodie A. Ashton},
  journal={ANU Historical Journal II},
  year={2019}
}
  • B. A. Ashton
  • Published 9 May 2019
  • History
  • ANU Historical Journal II
The discovery in 2011 of an erotic poem written by Frederick the Great reignited popular interest in the debate concerning Frederick’s sexual being. Seemingly depicting a male–male tryst, the poem failed to end this undecided speculation. It did, however, reopen questions about how scholars have remembered and constructed Frederick’s gender and sexuality. This article demonstrates that these questions have been predicated upon incorrect assumptions regarding how the early modern Prussian state…