Prince Fritz and His Father Reconciled: August 15, 1731
When the Crown Prince Friedrich began his education at age 7, he was set to learn only those subjects his father thought a good Prussian king needed to know. There was to be no Latin, because it was the language of the classical civilization of Rome, which Friedrich Wilhelm despised. There was to be history, but only of events that happened after the 16th century and had something to do with the Hohenzollern family. Young “Fritz” was to learn religion and practical subjects, such as mathematics (as an aid to the art of warfare); he had to speak German fluently, and even French, though he was to have nothing to do with French culture. The boy’s day was to be filled with activity, and he was not to be left alone from the time he rose at 6:00 in the morning to when he retired to bed at 10:30 at night.