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To the early modern mind, renown was primarily posthumous. Earlier notions of Latin gloria, the eternal glory of God, and fama, a good name assured for all time, had melded into a new culture of fame. In 1740, when Frederick II of Prussia set out with his army for his “rendezvous with renown” – to conquer Silesia – his goal was not simply to take possession of the country, which before then had belonged to Austria, but also…

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Wrede, Martin, “Renown”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026841>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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