Juraj V Zrinski
|Juraj V Zrinski|
|Ban (viceroy) of Croatia|
Juraj V Zrinski (1599-1626)
|Ban of Croatia|
|Born||31 January 1599
Čakovec, Habsburg Monarchy (today's Croatia)
|Died||28 December 1626|
Juraj V Zrinski was born in Čakovec, a town in the Međimurje County, the northernmost county of Croatia. He was the grandson of one of the greatest Croatian Ban, Nikola Šubić Zrinski, who died in the tragic and heroic Siege of Szigetvár (Croatian: Sigetska bitka), at a town in the western Hungary where the Ottoman invasion to Vienna had been stopped.
He was the son of Count Juraj IV Zrinski, main royal treasurer in the Kingdom of Croatia and Hungary, and Countess Sofija Zrinski née Stubenberg. Educated in Protestantism, he later turned to Catholicism and "purified" his estates from Lutheranism.
Juraj Zrinski died in a military camp near Bratislava, Slovakia, during the Thirty Years' War. His chivalry and rapier-tonguedness were, unfortunately, a thorn in his superior's, general Albrecht von Wallenstein's, side and von Wallenstein had Zrinski poisoned after a verbal duel in 1626. At an age of only 27, the ban was buried in Pauline monastery of Sveta Jelena (St. Helen in English) near Čakovec, next to the graves of his ancestors.