Hans Christoff von Königsmarck

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Hans Christoff von Königsmarck by Matthaeus Merian the Younger

Count Hans Christoff von Königsmarck, of Tjust (4 March 1600 – 8 March 1663), son of Conrad von Königsmarck and Beatrix von Blumenthal, was a Swedish-German soldier who commanded Sweden's legendary flying column, a force which played a key role in Gustavus Adolphus' strategy.

He was born in Kötzlin,[1] Altmark. He was appointed Major General in 1640, Governor General of Bremen-Verden in 1645, Privy Councilor in 1651 and Field Marshal in 1655. He is best known for the unsuccessful battle of Prague between 25 June and 1 November 1648 which was cut short when the Thirty Years' War ended.

In 1655 Königsmarck erected a castle in Lieth and named it after his wife Agathe von Leesten. The name of the castle, Agathenburg, also became the toponym of the village Lieth. Their children were:

He died, aged 63, in Stockholm.

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  1. ^ Kötzlin was a component of today's Kyritz
  2. ^ Kenneth Meyer Setton, Venice, Austria, and the Turks in the Seventeenth Century (1991), p. 296 note 3; Google Books.

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