Wallenstein: The Enigma of the Thirty Years War

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Springer, Jul 16, 2010 - History - 286 pages
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Albrecht Wallenstein was a legendary military commander and generalissimo of the Habsburg forces, yet was eventually assassinated on the orders of Emperor Ferdinand II. This accessible modern biography of Wallenstein for the English-speaking reader dispels the many historical myths surrounding this central character of the Thirty Years War.
 

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Contents

1 A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma
1
2 No Great Expectations
6
3 A Scandal in Bohemia
22
4 Richer Than All His Tribe
35
5 The Fault Is Not in Our Stars
52
6 Some Achieve Greatness
68
7 Go Captain Greet the Danish King
82
8 At the Parting of the Ways
106
11 From the Fury of the Norsemen Deliver Us
153
12 Of Peace and Other Demons
177
13 Decline and Fall
199
14 Assassination Is the Quickest Way
221
15 But Brutus Says He Was Ambitious
240
References
254
Bibliography
264
Index
269

9 The Wheel Is Come Full Circle
123
10 Once More unto the Breach
139

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GEOFF MORTIMER studied history and German at Oxford University, where he also taught at St Edmund Hall. His publications include Eyewitness Accounts of the Thirty Years War 1618-48 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002), Early Modern History, 1485-1815 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), and a number of articles on this period.

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