On a November day, he presented a young nobleman II. Baron Lottum-Willich, Chief of Staff to King Frederick.
Even then, the king was not endowed with the adjective «Great» by the public. At that time there was still «Szép Frigyes». He also remembered the name and face of the young man presented; even more to his shape. When the king once visited the university, this was introduced to him by the professors as the best student, the bravest swordsman, and the most fibrous bachelor. And since then it has grown a few inches. There was little shortage of that one kill. And this huge room was carved in the most regular shapes: the figure of Apollo, with the muscles of Mars; his face flushed until he was young, even ashes, his razor did not touch him: his face belonged to another child, but the soul in which he walked before him belonged to a man.
“You are Trenk’s eldest son, Frederick;” who was buried last year with military splendor; he took the place of eighteen wounds with him in the tomb and the estimate of the whole world.
“He didn’t take it to the grave, Your Majesty: he left it to his sons.”
The king liked the bold answer.
“Did you inherit another estate after your father?”
– Yes, Your Majesty; the scharlak estate and his sword. These two are enough for me to enter the service of your majesty.
The king hired the young man into his bodyguard team.-4-
II. Frederick’s bodyguard consisted of one hundred and forty-four cavalry, next to whom a small group of armies formed themselves as future bodyguards.
Because this bodyguard is changing. This gave the officer corps to the Prussian cavalry regiments. Those who honored themselves by their talents were simultaneously placed in the rank of high officer; but they were fired for the slightest mistake, weakness, omission, or stuck in a castle and forgotten there.
Their armor, their armor, boasted the greatest luxury; their steel armor engraved with silver, their uniforms red velvet, with scofium embroidery, covered with trimmings; the saddle tool itself cost six hundred thalers. And the guard did not receive a salary, only in the form of a reward or a royal gift: it had to serve ex propriis.
And what a service it was! In which two or three paripa were destroyed in one year. At 4 o’clock in the morning the guards sat in the saddle and the riding practice started outside in the field. Half-hour galloping seizures through wide ditches, hedges: swamps, hepe-hooded angelic peat fields. He returned to enumerate the practicing heroes; someone was usually missing: if paripa broke his neck, a new one was brought from the royal barn instead; if the Guardian himself, a beautiful parade was buried in his place, and was replaced by a waiting army. In a year of peace, more guards were lost than in a year of campaigning. And at night, during the deepest dream, the king trumpeted his weapon (he himself took part in everything), and after eight minutes the guardsman was not there in full armor in the shed in front of the castle, he went to the aristocracy for two weeks.
The afternoons were not meant to relax either. The bodyguards had to learn. Frigyes Trenk was ahead of all. He had already learned the academy, spoke and wrote in all cultured languages; he was also a poet: he wrote poems;-5-and in swordsmanship he did not know a master over himself. After three weeks of martyrdom, the king was so coveted by the gifted young man that he summoned him and examined him at length from all kinds of science, the classics; then he gave it to him to read the list of fifty soldiers and tell him in a row. Trenk was ready with it in five minutes. He then put it to the test by writing two different letters on the same subject, in two languages; he writes one himself, dictates the other to the king’s aide.
Frederick Trenk chose an ordre du bataillet as the theme that sets out the order of battle for tomorrow, so that the real plan is for the commander of the divisions and the other is a false plan, intended to be captured by the enemy along with the courier. The real plan was written in French by Trenk himself, and the false one was dictated to the military assistant in Latin at the same time.
And then from his own idea he even threw a terrain drawing on paper in a big sudden real and false shape.
The king was amazed at the young man’s flame; at that hour he appointed him a bodyguard officer.
An unheard of big jump from a three-week cadet to a bodyguard! For a seventeen year old child!
From that day on, the king became the father, master, friend of the young man. He gifted him with two beautiful paripas, and gave him a thousand bucks for his ornaments; what was even more magnificent than our officers: a masterpiece of gunsmiths.
And the bodyguards had great advantages. There were only six. And they had lunch at the king’s table every day, and at the queen’s day at gala days. S II. Frederick’s desk was never lacking in beautiful spirits; the most outstanding scholars of the age: Voltaire, Maupertuis, Jordan, La Mettrie, Pöllnitz were everyday guests. The company of these aroused such a thirst for knowledge in the soul of young Trenk that he spent the night hours he spends on other young people having fun in the company of his books.