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Although this bio is now more than forty years old, it’s a sound, accessible read. I needed to know about specific aspects of Frederick’s reign, not his whole life, and the book’s clear structure led me to the exact information I needed. The bibliographical notes, organised by chapter and subject, are a huge improvement on footnotes as they give titles and references in full and note their strengths and weaknesses. Hubatsch cleared up much confusion for me, and never let me forget that I was rea ...more