The Battle of Prague


Cannon's account of this battle is sketchy and misleading. The battle, also called the Battle of White Mountain took place on 8th Nov 1620. The principal protestant protagonist in this confrontation was Christian of Anhalt who commanded an army of 30,000 on behalf of Bohemia. The 27,000 Catholics were led by Charles Bonaventure de Longueval, Count of Bucquoy who was the commander for Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor; and Johann Tserclaes, Count of Tilly, a Spanish Flemish nobleman leading the forces of the German Catholic League. It is not clear if there was any involvement of the English troops in the pay of the Netherlands although many 'mercenaries' fought for Bohemia and the Palatine. The Bohemian casualties were 4,000 and the Catholics 700. The panoramic view of the battle is by Pieter Snayers who was 28 when he painted it.


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by Stephen Luscombe