Execution of Katte, (1730), depicts Hans Hermann von Katte kneeling prior to execution, and Frederick the Great forced to watch from his cell above.
"…Significant, and finally more tragic, was another attachment Frederick formed this same year (1728). Hans Hermann von Katte, six years his senior and the son of Prussian general, loved music and French literature and was derisively skeptical as the prince. Katte served as the teenager’s confidant and protector, standing guard during his flute lessons, and their friendship seems to have blossomed into a love affair. But Frederick’s relations with his father had by now become intolerable. "We have accursed scenes here every day," he complained to Borcke. "I am so tired of them that I had rather beg my bread than live any longer on this footing." Frederick William, for his part, had taken to taunting and humiliating his son in public. "Had i been treated so by my father," the king declared, "I would have blown my brains out, but this fellow has no honor, he takes all that comes."
It is not surprising that the desperate Frederick laid plans to escape from Prussia. But the plot misfired. Frederick was caught as he was about to cross the border, and Katte was arrested as his accomplice. The king had both court-martialed for desertion. Katte was sentenced to life imprisonment, but the court refused to judge the prince. The king, outraged at this leniency, ordered Katte executed and the prince imprisoned. Katte’s sentence aroused widespread protests even in autocratic Prussia, but the king was adamant. A startled Frederick was roused at five on a November morning and ordered to look out his cell. When his friend appeared in the courtyard, the prince called out, “My dear Katte, a thousand pardons.” Katte called back, “My prince, there is nothing to apologize for.” Then he knelt and was beheaded; before the sword fell, Frederick fainted.
The shattered prince, bereft of freedom and self-respect, had no choice but abject surrender to the will of the king.” (x)
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