Baltasar Marradas

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Baltasar Marradas
knight of Malta
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Anonymous portrait of Baltasar Marradas from the Military History Institute in Prague
Native name Baltazar de Marradas et Vique
Born (1560-11-28)November 28, 1560
Died August 12, 1638(1638-08-12) (aged 77)
Allegiance Habsburg
Battles/wars Long Turkish War, Uskok War, Thirty Years War

Don Baltasar de Marradas et Vique or Maradas (born 28 November 1560 in Valencia, died 12 August 1638 in Prague) was a Spanish nobleman, imperial field marshal during the Thirty Years War and governor of Bohemia.


Marradas, a knight of Malta, arrived at the imperial court of Rudolf II in 1599, in the midst of the Long Turkish War. In 1617 during the Uskok War he fought against the Republic of Venice in defense of Gradisca. In the war against the Winter King Frederick V in 1619, he commanded a Spanish cavalry regiment.

Despite the fact that he could show no great military successes, he was raised in 1621 to the rank of an imperial count and provided with plenty of land. In 1626 he became a field marshal and in 1627 was appointed Lieutenant General. Marradas was involved in the negotiations for the dismissal of Wallenstein in 1630 in Regensburg. At Prague in 1631 he retreated without a fight to the advancing troops from Saxony, under Hans Georg von Arnim-Boitzenburg. After further failures in Silesia, he was deposed in 1632 at the instigation of Wallenstein. Marradas 1634 was one of the masterminds behind the murder of Wallenstein.

In 1634 Baltasar Marradas was appointed commissioner of the army of Bohemia with an appanage of 800 florins monthly in 30 parts.[1]

He died in 1638 as a privy councilor and governor of Bohemia.


  1. ^ Ernst Adalbert von Harrach; Katrin Keller; Alessandro Catalano (2010). Die Diarien und Tagzettel des Kardinals Ernst Adalbert von Harrach (1598-1667). Böhlau Verlag Wien. p. 98. ISBN 978-3-205-78461-6. 

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