Excerpt from Wilhelmina, Vol. 2 of 2: Margravine of Baireuth
Margrave Frederic "the Well-beloved." - The Margravine smartens up her Court. - A welcome visitor. - To the Russian camp. - Frau von Sonnsfeld makes additions to the Court circle. - A state visit to Erlangen. - A visit to the Prince Bishop. - The glories of Pommersfeld. A question of precedence. - The Margravine as a dog lover. - Interests, social and intellectual. - The Margrave fruitlessly to Denmark. - A birthday fete. - The fall of the old enemy. - The Bishop comes to stay. - Wilhelmina the peacemaker.
Margrave Frederic, the "Well-beloved," the "Unforgettable," was twenty-fours years old when he succeeded to the principality of Baireuth. His reign was the heyday of the prosperity and glory of his country. At his death, which, it is said, was presaged by his meeting his own phantasm, his grateful subjects struck a medal bearing his bust with the motto, "Fama perennis erit," and hesitated whether to inscribe on his coffin, "the gracious," "the affable," or "the good."
We have seen how his fiancee described his personal appearance; his many portraits show him to have been a fine man, muscular, of good presence, with the wide brow of a musician, an open, pleasant face with good-humoured mouth and large eyes. Altogether a prepossessing person, quite deserving of the title of affable.
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