Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Seven Years' War

On May 18, 1756, following France's attack on Minorca, Great Britain declared war on France, joining in what became known as the Seven Years' War.  Walter Scott included a historical reference to this time period in his "Life of Napoleon":

...At Potsdam and at Berlin, Napoleon showed himself equally as the sworn and implacable enemy, rather than as the generous conqueror. At Potsdam he seized on the sword, belt, and hat of the Great Frederick, and at Berlin he appropriated and removed to Paris the monument of Victory, erected by the same monarch, in consequence of the defeat of the French at Rosbach.1

1 [" The sword of the Great Frederick was easily found at Potsdam, together with the scarf which he wore during the Seven Years' War; also the insignia of the Black Eagle. The Emperor took these trophies with transport, saying, ' I would rather have these than twenty millions : I shall send them to my old soldiers—I shall present them to the governor of the Invalids: in that hotel they shall remain.'"—Nineteenth Bulletin.] ...

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