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.
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.