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Fighting for love: Ulrich von Lichtenstein

Fighting for love: Ulrich von Lichtenstein


A name made famous by Hollywood, there was a real Ulrich von Lichtenstein. Born of a noble family in the Duchy of Styria (in what is now central Austria) some time around 1200, he was knighted along with 249 others at the betrothal of the daughter of the Duke of Austria. He served as an administrator in his native duchy, married and had children; his son, also named Ulrich, married a daughter of Conrad von Goldegg, a powerful vassal and administrator of the Archbishop of Salzburg. He died at the age of 78 and was buried in Sekau, the site of a Benedictine monastery.

Prussia in 18th century

Prussia in 18th century

In the 18th century Prussia became a real military camp where everyone works for the army. The peasants were soldiers in the army and supported the army by their products, manufacturers provided the army with clothing and arms and nobles who were at Military Academy in Berlin led them as officers. The taxes for peasants and citizens were high, so army has constantly funded. Also, the peasants were forcibly recruited. They were not keen to left they fields and farms and go to the military campaigns.