Louise, Queen of Prussia is one of the most heroic figures of the Napoleonic war era. She rallied the country to resist Napoleon and did everything in her power to maintain Prussian rights under the tyrannical regime of Napoleon. Her son William I became the first Emperor of Germany, and she was a beloved Prussian heroine for over a century.
QUEEN LOUISE OF PRUSSIA.
There have been greater queens in history,—Elizabeth of England, Catherine of Russia, Maria Theresa of Austria, and others,—greater in diplomacy and state-craft and power, but none purer, nobler, or lovelier than Louise, Queen of Prussia, whose pathetic life is narrated in this volume. No queen has suffered more from the calamities inflicted upon her family, from the personal insults of a victorious enemy, and from the misfortunes which visited her country; and no queen has been more deeply beloved.
The brutal attempt made by Napoleon to destroy her reputation is one of the most disgraceful events in his career. The insult was avenged sixty-five years later, when her second son, William the Third, vanquished Napoleon's nephew, entered Paris in triumph, and was crowned Emperor of United Germany at Versailles. She will ever remain in history the ideal of a noble, beautiful woman of refined character, lofty patriotism, charitable nature, and exemplary goodness. The story of her sufferings and of the patience with which she endured them; of her love for her husband and children and country, which never wavered, as told in this little volume, must commend her to all who admire purity, beauty, truth, and love.
CHICAGO, July 1, 1909.
The following is a chronological statement of the principal events in Prussian history connected with this volume:
|1770||Birth of Frederick William the Third.|
|1776||Birth of Louise.|
|1793||Marriage of Frederick William the Third and Louise.|
|1805||Napoleon's victory at Austerlitz.|
|1806||Frederick William the Third declares war against France.|
|1806||Defeat of Prussians at Jena and Aucrstadt.|
|1806||Napoleon enters Berlin.|
|1807||Frederick William the Third signs humiliating treaty at Tilsit.|
|1809||German War of Liberation.|
|1810||Death of Louise.|
|1812||Frederick William the Third joins France against Russia.|
|1813||Frederick William the Third joins in the war of Liberation.|
|1815||Frederick William the Third joins the Holy Alliance.|
|1840||Death of Frederick William the Third.|
|1871||William the First, Louise's second son, vanquishes France|
|1871||William the First crowned Emperor of United Germany at Versailles.|