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1609, Jan 301677, Apr 22
statesman who served as chief minister of the Aulic Council (Reichshofrat) under the Habsburg emperor Leopold I. During the Thirty Years’ War (1618–48) he fought first in Bohemia and Silesia under Albrecht von Wallenstein and later in the Rhineland and Westphalia. As president of the Bohemian Landtag (Diet) during 1643–49, he helped consolidate Habsburg rule there. Appointed vice president (1644) and subsequently president (1652) of the Council of War (Hofkriegsrat), he later became head of the Aulic Council (1669), despite his strained relations with the Emperor.
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