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Frederick William III
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(Aug 3, 1770, Potsdam – Jun 7, 1840, Berlin) was king of Prussia from 1797 to 1840. In 1793, Frederick, himself Reformed, married the Lutheran Princess Luise v. Mecklenburg-Strelitz and in 1824, the Catholic Countess Auguste v. Harrach, after 1824 Princess v. Liegnitz. After the military defeat of 1806, he facilitated internal reforms, but did not to continue them after 1815 (Restoration). As an emphatically Christian king, Frederick wanted to exercise his office as Summepiscopus …

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Bruendel, Steffen, “Frederick William III”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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