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Laudon Lauded

In 1770, Frederick the Great was visited at court by the retired Austrian General Gideon von Laudon who, in 1763, had inflicted heavy losses upon Frederick's troops at Kunersdorf and Landshut (during Prussia's Seven Years' War with Austria). At a formal dinner one evening, Frederick found himself seated across the table from the general. "Pray, sir," he playfully called out to his recent adversary, "take place here at my right. I do not feel at ease to have you opposite me, even at table!"
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