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Wallenstein : The Enigma of the Thirty Years War - Geoff Mortimer


The Enigma of the Thirty Years War

Paperback Published: 16th July 2010
ISBN: 9780230272132
Number Of Pages: 277

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A minor Bohemian nobleman who within the space of a few years became a prince and one of the greatest landowners of his age; a military entrepreneur who twice saved the Holy Roman Emperor from disaster with armies he raised, financed and led, but was then twice dismissed; an able general who rescued the Empire from invasion by the Swedish King Gustavus II Adolphus, but was accused of planning to defect to the self-same Swedes; the emperor's commander-in-chief, but assassinated on the emperor's orders; a successful soldier who fell because he tried too hard to make peace; Wallenstein was all these things. Contemporary legends and propaganda were taken up by early biographers of this fascinating character to create a historical myth, elements of which are still present in many more recent accounts. In this book, Geoff Mortimer sets out to clarify the picture and to resolve the enigma.

'...thanks to his profound knowledge of the Thirty Years War and his wide reading of both the older and most recent historiography, he is able to offer a very informative, trustworthy and readable account of Wallenstein's life.' The Journal of Military History

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Conventions, References, Authorp. viii
A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigmap. 1
No Great Expectationsp. 6
Early manhoodp. 9
Maturityp. 15
Gradiscap. 18
A Scandal in Bohemiap. 22
Richer Than All His Tribep. 35
Minting moneyp. 38
A man of propertyp. 41
The Fault Is Not in Our Starsp. 52
Some Achieve Greatnessp. 68
War without endp. 70
A general and a dukep. 75
Go, Captain, Greet the Danish Kingp. 82
The Dessau bridgep. 82
1626: A campaign and a conferencep. 88
1627-28: Denmark and Stralsundp. 95
At the Parting of the Waysp. 106
The Edict of Restitutionp. 111
An Italian entanglementp. 114
The limits of powerp. 117
The Wheel Is Come Full Circlep. 123
Dismissalp. 123
Intermezzop. 132
Resumptionp. 138
Once More unto the Breachp. 139
Wallenstein's second armyp. 142
Towards confrontationp. 147
From the Fury of the Norsemen Deliver Usp. 153
The Alte Vestep. 153
L├╝tzenp. 164
Of Peace and Other Demonsp. 177
Exile intriguesp. 182
Fruitless endeavoursp. 186
Decline and Fallp. 199
The gathering stormp. 201
Hope springs eternalp. 209
Condemned unheardp. 213
Assassination Is the Quickest Wayp. 221
Death, a necessary endp. 227
Aftermathp. 232
Requiemp. 238
But Brutus Says He Was Ambitiousp. 240
Referencesp. 254
Bibliographyp. 264
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780230272132
ISBN-10: 0230272134
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: 16th July 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.08 x 13.72  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1