German writer Friedrich Schiller.

Friedrich Schiller

(1759 - 1805)

Prior to embarking on his career as a dramatist and poet, Friedrich Schiller studied medicine at a military academy established by the Duke of Württemberg—his father’s employer—for eight years, serving as an assistant medical officer to a Stuttgart regiment for some time after leaving school. His best-known work, the three-part historical drama Wallenstein, which explored the life and psychology of Holy Roman Empire general Albrecht von Wallenstein, was published in 1800 and was deeply informed by his historical research conducted as a professor at the University of Jena in the 1790s.

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