Renaissance Conflicts


There was a wide range of famous conflicts during the Renaissance period. Many of them had a basis in religion withconflict often occurring betweenCatholic and Protestant supporters. Some of these conflicts had political undertones where the excuse was a religious one but the real aim was to take control of a country.

ShotThe early conflicts included :-

  • 1559-1610 French Wars of Religion
  • 1618-1648 Thirty Years War
  • 1642-1646 English Civil War
  • The later conflicts often originated from rival claims to the throne. If successful it was seen as an easy way to unite two kingdoms, or at least provide a favourable alliance. These conflicts included :-

  • 1688-1697 War of the League of Augsburg
  • 1701-1713 War of the Spanish Succession
  • 1733-1735 War of the Polish Succession
  • 1740-1748 War of the Austrian Succession
  • The Renaissance is an age well known for the skill of the “Great Captains” that fought in these wars :-

  • Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden (1594-1632)
  • Henri de la Tour d’Auvergne, Vicomte de Turenne (1612-1675)
  • Louis de Bourbon, Duke of Enghien ()
  • John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough (1650-1722)
  • Hermann Maurice, Comte de Saxe. (1696-1750)
  • Frederick “the Great”, King of Prussia (1713-1786)

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