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This page lists free eBooks pertaining to dissertation papers on various aspects of the Seven Years' War (secret war, diplomacy, etc.), memoirs and biographies of historical characters. You can download these eBooks from various sources on the Web.

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Memoires and Biographies

English Language Publications

Agar-Ellis, George, Dover (1st baron); The life of Frederick II, King of Prussia, vol. 2, New York: Harper & Bros, 1836 (from Google Books)

Anonymous; A Letter to a Gentleman in the country, from his friend in London: giving an authentick and circumstantial account of the confinement, behaviour, and death of Admiral Byng, as attested by the gentlemen who were present, London: Lacy, 1757 (from Google Books)

Anonymous; Admiral Byng's defence: as presented by him, and read in the court January 18, 1757, on board His Majesty's ship St. George, in Portsmouth Harbour. Containing a very particular account of the action on the 20th of May, 1756, off Cape Mola, between the British and French fleets, and the whole proceedings of His Majesty's fleet during the six days it was off Minorca, London: Lacy, 1757 (from Google Books)

Barrow, sir John; The life of George, Lord Anson: admiral of the fleet, vice-admiral of Great Britain, London: John Murray, 1839 (from Google Books)

Blumenthal, Luise Johanne L. von; The life of general de Zieten, tr. by B. Beresford, Berlin, 1803 (all from Google Books)

Carlyle, Thomas, History of Friedrich II of Prussia (all volumes from Project Gutenberg)

Catt, Henri de, Frederick II, King of Prussia, 1712-1786, London : Constable and Company Ltd., 1916 (from Archive.org)

Challice; The Secret History of the Court of France under Louis XV: Edited, from rare and unpublished documents, Vol. 2, London: Hurst & Blackett, 1861 (from Google Books)

Daun, Leopold Joseph Maria von; Memoirs of Field Marshal Leopold Count Daun : translated from a French manuscript and interspersed with many curious anecdotes : among which is a full and particular account of Field Marshal Keith (1757), translated by And. Henderson, London, 1757 (from Archive.org)

Douglas, John and William Pulteney earl of Bath; A letter addressed to two great men, on the prospect of peace: and on the terms necessary to be insisted upon in the negociation, London: Millar, 1760 (from Google Books)

Fitzmaurice, Edmond; Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick: An Historical Study, 1735-1806, London, New York and Bombay: Longmans, Green & Co, 1901 (from Archive.org)

Gorrel, James: Lieut. James Gorrel's Journal (from SevenYearsWar.org)

Henty, G. A.; With Clive in India (from Project Gutenberg)

Henty, G. A.; With Frederick the Great: A Story of The Seven Years' War, 1898 (from Plain Label Books and Google Books)

Lawley, Robert Neville, General Seydlitz, a military biography, London: Clowes & Sons, 1852 (from Google Books)

Malleson, George Bruce; Loudon: a sketch of the military life of Gideon Ernest, Freiherr von Loudon, London: Chapman and Hall, 1884 (from Archive.org)

Manners, Walter Evelyn; Some accounts of the military, political, and social life of the Right Hon. John Manners, marquis of Granby, London: Macmillan & Co., 1899 (from Archive.org)

Murray, James; French finance and financiers under Louis XV, London, Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1858 (from Google Books)

Ramsay, David; The life of George Washington, Baltimore: Jewett & Cushing, 1832 (from Google Books)

Rolt, Richard; Historical memoirs of His late Royal Highness William-Augustus, duke of Cumberland, London: T. Waller, 1767 (from Google Books)

Thiébault, Dieudonné; Original Anecdotes of Frederick the Great, Philadelphia, 1806 (all from Google Books)

Townshend, C. V. F.; The military life of Field-Marshal George first marquess Townshend, London: John Murray, 1901 (from Archive.org)

French Language Publications

Anonyme, La vie du Comte de Chabo, Lieutenant-général des armées du Roi écrites sur ses journaux et ses correspondances militaires, London, 1782

Barbier, Edmond Jean F.; Journal historique et anecdotique du règne de Louis XV, Vol. 4 – 1754-1763, Paris: Renouard, 1856 (from Google Books)

Barre Duparcq, Nicolas Édouard de La, Études historiques et militaires sur la Prusse, Ch. Tanera, Paris, 1854 (from Google Books)

Bernis, François-Joachim de Pierre cardinal de; Memoires et lettres de Francois-Joachim de Pierre, cardinal de Bernis, vol. 2, Paris: Plon, 1878 (from Google Books)

Boutaric, M.E.; Correspondance secrète inédite de Louis XV sur la politique étrangère avec le Comte de Broglie, Tercier, etc, Paris: Plon, 1866 (from Google Books)

Broglie, Duc de; Le secret du roi: Correspondance secrète de Louis XV avec ses agents diplomatiques 1752-1774, Ch. Tanera, Paris, 1854 (from Google Books)

Chevrier, François Antoine M. de; La vie politique et militaire de M. le maréchal duc de Bell'Isle: prince de l'empire, ministre d'etat de S.M.T.C., La Haye, 1762 (from Google Books)

Dugas de Bois Saint-Just, Jean Louis Marie, Paris, Versailles et les provinces, au 18e siècle: Anecdotes sur la vie privée de plusieurs ministres, évêques, magistrats célèbres, hommes de lettres et autres personnages connus sous le règnes de Louis XV et de Louis XVI, Vol. 1, Paris: Le Normant, 1809 (from Google Books)

Dussieux, Louis; Mémoires du Duc de Luynes sur la cour de Louis XV: (1735 - 1758), Vol. 14 – 1755-56, Paris: Firmin Didot, 1864 (from Google Books)

Frédéric de Prusse, Œuvres de Frédéric le Grand, hrsg. von Johann D. E. Preuss. Bd. 1-30, Berlin: Decker, 1846-1856 (from the University of Trier)

Jobez, Alphonse; La France sous Louis XV (1715-1774): Madame de Pompadour de 1757 à 1763 vol. 5, Paris: Didier et cie, 1869 (from Google Books)

Laffrey, Arnoux; Siècle de Louis XV Vol. 2, Paris: Gueffrier, 1797

Parnes, Roger de; Chroniques du XVIIIe siècle: Anecdotes secrètes du règnes de Louis XV, Paris: Rouveyre et Blond, 1882 (from Google Books)

Pinard, M.: Chronologie historique-militaire, contenant l'histoire de la création de toutes les charges, dignités et grades militaires supérieurs, de toutes les personnes qui les ont possédés... des troupes de la maison du Roi. Chronologie des brigadiers d'infanterie jusqu'au 24 mars 1772..., Paris: Hérissant (1760-1778) (from Gallica.fr)

Schaper, Christoph von: Vie militaire du maréchal Prince Ferdinand duc de Brunsvic et de Lunebourg ... pendant la Guerre de Sept Ans en Westphalie, Magdeburg: Keil, 1796 (from Google Books)

Valori, comte H. de; Mémoires des négociations du marquis de Valori, ambassadeur de France à la cour de Berlin, Vol. 1, Paris: Didot, 1820 (from Google Books)

Voltaire, Réflexions d'un suisse, sur les motifs de la guerre présente, 1756 (from Google Books)

Voyer (marquis d'Argenson), René-Louis de; Mémoires du marquis d'Argenson, ministre sous Louis XV: avec une notice sur la vie et les ouvrages de l'auteur, Paris: Baudoin Frères, 1825 (from Google Books)

German Language Publications

Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie, Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek

Blumenthal, Louise Johanne Leopoldine von Platen v.; Lebensbeschreibung Hans Joachims von Zieten, königlich-preussischen Generals der Kavallerie, Ritters des schwarzen Adlerordens, Chefs des Regiments der königlichen Leibhusaren und Erbherrn auf Wustrau, Berlin 1797 (from Google Books)

Browne, Ulysses Maximilian von; Zuverlassige Lebens-Beschreibung Ulysses Maximilian, des Heil. Rom. Recihes Grafen von Browne, Frankfort and Leipzig, 1757 (from Google Books)

Catt, Henri de, Gespräche Friedrichs des Grossen mit Henri de Catt (1885), Leipzig : F. W. Grunow, 1885 (from Archive.org)

Janko, Wilhelm von; Laudon's Leben: Nach original-acten des k.k. Haus-, Hof-,Staats- und Kriegsarchivs; Vienna, 1869

Karl Theodor, Pfalz-Graf: Zwischen dess Herren Churfürsten zu Cölln Lbd. und Uns, wegen reciprociklicher Ausliefferung derer bey beyderseithiger Trouppen sich ergebenden Deserteurs folgende Vereinbahrung oder Cartell seye errichtet, 1756 (from Google Books)

Knesebeck, E. v. dem: Ferdinand, Herzog zu Braunschweig u. Lüneburg, während des siebenjährigen Krieges; Hannover, 1857 (from Google Books)

König, Anton Balthasar; Biographisches Lexikon aller Helden und Militairpersonen, welche sich in Preussischen Diensten berühmt gemacht haben; Berlin: Arnold Weber, 1789 (from Google Books)

Lange, Eduard: Die Soldaten Friedrich's des Grossen, Leipzig, 1853 (from Google Books), contains several short biographies

Moguntinum: (from Google Books)

Pezzl, Johann; Loudon's Lebensgeschichte, Vienna: Degen, 1791 (from Google Books)

Ponickau, Johann G. von: Dictatum Regenspurg April 1758 (from Google Books)

Retzow, Friedrich August von; Charakteristik der wichtigsten Ereignisse des siebenjährigen Krieges, Vol. 1, Berlin, 1804 (from Google Books)

Richter, Heinrich Moritz; Oesterreichische Volksschriften und Volkslieder im siebenjährigen Kriege: Beiträge zur Geschichte der politischen Literatur im achtzehnten Jahrhundert, Vienna: C. Gerold, 1869 (from Google Books)

Schweigerd, C.A.: Oesterreichs Helden und Heerführer: von Maximilian I. bis auf neueste Zeit, Vol 3, Part 1, Wurzen Verlags, 1854 (from Google Books)

Wurzbach, Constantin: Biographisches Lexikon des Kaisertums Österreich, Vienna, 1856-1890

References

Acknowledgements

Tomasz Karpiński, Christian Rogge, Pascal Stalder and Adam Woolhead for their important contributions to this list of eBooks.