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1618 – The Second Defenestration of Prague

23 May

Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. There were two incidents in the history of Bohemia in which multiple people were defenestrated. The first occurred in 1419 and the second in 1618, although the term “Defenestration of Prague” more commonly refers to the later incident.

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1620 – The Battle of White Mountain

8 November

The Battle of White Mountain, was an early battle in the Thirty Years’ War fought on this day in 1620. Continue reading “1620 – The Battle of White Mountain”

1636 – The Battle of Wittstock confirms Swedes are not a spent force

4 October – On this day

The Battle of Wittstock took place during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648). It was fought on this day in 1636. A Swedish-allied army commanded jointly by Johan Banér and Alexander Leslie, decisively defeated a combined Imperial-Saxon army, led by Count Melchior von Hatzfeld and the Saxon Elector John George I. Continue reading “1636 – The Battle of Wittstock confirms Swedes are not a spent force”

1631 – Battle of Breitenfeld

17 September – On this day

The Battle of Breitenfeld, was fought at a crossroads near Breitenfeld approximately five miles north-west of the walled city of Leipzig on this day in 1631. It was the Protestants’ first major victory of the Thirty Years War. Continue reading “1631 – Battle of Breitenfeld”

1634 – Battle of Nordlingen

6 September – On this day

The Battle of Nördlingen ( 1st Nördlingen ) was fought in 1634 during the Thirty Years’ War. The Roman Catholic Imperial army, bolstered by Spanish and Italian soldiers, won a crushing victory over the combined Protestant armies of Sweden and their German-Protestant allies. Continue reading “1634 – Battle of Nordlingen”

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