Anonymous asked: Consider this about Katte's execution: If the king was trying to be merciful, why wouldn't he have just had Katte shot? Consider this: Beheading was how homosexuals were executed. Consider this: Many people believe Fritz and Katte were lovers. Coincidences? I think NOT!!!!
Ah, well, if true, then it’s a valid point. I mean, I know very little about the Prussian justice system. I am not certain people would be shot at the time? Even though Katte was a soldier so he could be shot, but maybe I’m applying modern notions of military law to 18th century Prussia. I really don’t know.
I think however that many people agree that Frederick William was convinced that the relationship between Katte and Frederick went beyond friendship. He tells Katte’s father that his son is “canaille” - a scoundrel. The proofs regarding that are dubious as are the evidences regarding Frederick’s relationship with Katte. Personally, I think that Wilhelmina’s testimony is more interesting in that sense because she basically hints that her brother has improper relations with Keith (I can’t remember what she says about Katte).
(Also, I am sorry for answering so late).
No, they wouldn’t be shot. Katte’s execution was merciful, in the sense that being beheaded with a sword rather than hanged or drawn and quartered with hot pincers was considered a much more gentlemanly death. I don’t know where this anon got the information that beheading was a punishment specific for homosexuals, in what context, what countries, what period and according to what sources - but I’m not sold on it.