Johann von Aldringen
Born in 1584 with Diedenhofen, then in the Duchy of Luxembourg integral part of the Spanish Netherlands habsbourgeois, it passes its youth to travel as a page through Europe and in particular in the Netherlands, in Italy and France. Anxious to perfect its instruction, it goes to one the most re-elected faculties time: the Sorbonne in Paris. Perhaps it had considered an ecclesiastical career, but it gives up it and just in 1606 the army of Habsburg of Spain.
In 1618 the Thirty Year old Guerre begins which opposes the catholic lords brought together behind the Emperor Ferdinand II to the Protestants combined to the Swedes and to King de France. It then joined the imperial army in which it is distinguished, as well by its gifts of soldier as of diplomat. It is thus made colonel in 1622.
With the bridge of Dessau, in 1626, it pushes back the Protestant troops of Ernst von Mansfeld and thus contributes to the victory of Wallenstein. Then, in 1629, at the sides of his inseparable friend Matthias Gallas, it is characterized by its victory with Mantoue against the French troops, which is worth to them to both to be anoblis in 1630: Johann von Aldringen becomes Reichsgraf (Count d' Empire). The same year, it and Matthias marry the two girls of the count d' Arco. With died of Tilly, it replaces it as a chief of the catholic troops and is named Feldmarschall (Marshal of Countryside). He dies in 1634 by defending Landshut against the Swedes and its possessions go to his/her sister of which descend the line from von Clary-Aldringen.
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