Residence of Voltaire France

Frederick and Voltaire in the study at Sans Souci; engraving by P. C. Baquoy after N. A. Monsiau. Voltaire at the Court of Frederick the Great in Prussia

Voltaire began a correspondence with Frederick in August 1736. Frederick greatly admired Voltaire and invited him to come to Prussia many times; the invitation did not include Emilie. Frederick and Emilie did not like each other -- both were competing for Voltaire.

After Emilie's death, Frederick offered Voltaire the position of Chamberlain and 20,000 francs a year if he would come to Prussia. Voltaire accepted and spent three years at Frederick's court from 1750 to 1753.

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