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Jenatsch's axe; social boundaries, identity, and myth in the era of the Thirty Years' War.

9781580462761

Jenatsch's axe; social boundaries, identity, and myth in the era of the Thirty Years' War.

Head, Randolph C.

U. of Rochester Press

2008

177 pages

$70.00

Hardcover

Changing perspectives on early modern Europe; v.9

DQ498

Georg Jenatsch (1596-1639) was the most powerful man in the Swiss province Graubunden, a social climber whose power rested on his success as a military entrepreneur, says Head (European history, U. of California-Riverside), as well as a cunning diplomat who collected rich rewards from foreign powers seeking to control the region's mountain passes for their armies. He narrates his life from childhood poverty in Zurich to his brutal murder in Chur as an example of a convert in religion, nationality, and language.

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