Renaissance Commanders

The wars of the Renaissance produced many famous commanders, including Frederick the Great, Gustavus Adolphus and Marlborough. They were highly skilled and developed the art of warfare to a new technical level.

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)
  • Gustavus Adolphus was champion of the Protestant cause during the Thirty Years War. Known as the “Lion of the North”, his reforms created a professional army that was widely copied. For a time Sweden became one of the great European powers.

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