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Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg / M. Czwiczek / Painting, 1649 / Detail
Frederick William,
1620 – 1688,
Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688.

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Double Portrait of Elector of Brandenburg / Johann Georg II of Saxony
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The Great Elector at the Battle of Fehrbellin
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The Great Elector at Fehrbellin
General Schomberg presents the Refugee to the Great Elector
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A Jeweller with the Great Elector and his Wife
On his Deathbed the Elector asks His Son to Give Refuge to the French Huguenots
Froben’s Valiancy
Refugees ask the Great Elector for Help
The Refugees Are Shedding Their Blood for their New Motherland
Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia (1620 - 1688)
16th February 2020 - 400th Birthday.
&
9th May 2023 - 335th Anniversary of his death.


Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688.

He is popularly known as "the Great Elector" (der Große Kurfürst) because of his military and political achievements. Frederick William was a staunch pillar of the Calvinist faith, associated with the rising commercial class. He saw the importance of trade and promoted it vigorously. His shrewd domestic reforms gave Prussia a strong position in the post-Westphalian political order of north-central Europe, setting Prussia up for elevation from duchy to kingdom, achieved under his son and successor.

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