Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
*Old Palace. Prussian palace in Berlin in whose garden the people of Brandenburg join the Elector to honor the war dead and celebrate victory. As the seat of the Great Elector in his capital, this palace is a proper place in which to hand down a death sentence against Homburg for disobedience in battle. The Elector also hears the petition of his niece and his generals to spare Homburg, since his disobedient action secured the Prussian victory. The setting underscores the duty of the Elector to his country, which must outweigh the promptings of the heart and the wishes of his niece. The key position of the Prussian army for the success of Brandenburg means that obedience to the state is a cardinal virtue.
*Fehrbellin. Site of the decisive Prussian victory over the Swedes in 1675, which provides the setting for the play’s second act. This scene helps show the dreamy prince of act 1 as a man of action. Resisting the officer who tries to restrain him, he rides out with his troops decisively despite the crash of cannons, the rain of musket bullets, and a nearby fire.