Juraj V Zrinski

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Juraj V Zrinski
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Ban of Croatia
In office
15 November 1622 – 28 December 1626
Preceded by Nikola Frankopan of Tržac
Succeeded by Zsigmond Erdődy
Personal details
Born (1599-01-31)31 January 1599
Čakovec, Kingdom of Croatia, Habsburg Monarchy
Died 28 December 1626(1626-12-28) (aged 27)
Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary, Habsburg Monarchy
Resting place Pauline monastery in Sveta Jelena, Croatia
Spouse(s) Magdalena née Széchy
Children Nikola Zrinski
Petar Zrinski
Parents Juraj IV Zrinski
Sofija Zrinski
Religion Roman Catholic

Juraj V Zrinski (Hungarian: V. Zrínyi György) (January 31, 1599 – December 28, 1626) was a Croatian Ban (viceroy), warrior and member of the Zrinski noble family.


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, Master of the treasury in the Kingdom of Hungary and Croatia, and Countess Sofija Zrinski née Stubenberg. Educated in Protestantism, he later turned to Catholicism and "purified" his estates from Lutheranism.

On November 15, 1622, Zrinski was appointed Ban of Croatia. At that time, he was widely recognized as a brave and courageous warrior. He fought the Turks in many battles.

His wife Magdalena née Széchy bore him two children: Nikola Zrinski and Petar Zrinski, who both later became distinguished Croatian bans and died a violent death.

Juraj Zrinski died in a military camp near Pressburg, 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.

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