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Josias Rantzau, til Bothkamp

Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Bothkamp, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Death: September 14, 1650 (40)
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Breide Rantzau and Øllegaard von Qualen
Husband of Hedevig Margrethe Elisabeth von Rantzau
Brother of Beate Breidesdatter Rantzau; Lucie Beate Rantzau and Povl Rantzau

Occupation: Officer. feltmarskal for Ludvig 14. af Frankrig, marskal af Frankrig, guvernør af Dunkirk
Managed by: Cecilie Nygård
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About Josias Rantzau, til Bothkamp

Kidle: Wikipeida: Josias Rantzau (Bothkamp, near Kiel, 18 October 1609 – Paris, 14 September 1650) was a Danish military leader and Marshal of France.

Josias was the grandson of Paul, the youngest son of Johann Rantzau. He married his Cousin Hedwig Margarethe Elisabeth vor Rantzau, but had no children.

As a young man, he served Prince Maurice of Orange and King Christian IV of Denmark. Later he fought for Sweden, then the Holy Empire, again for Sweden and finally since 1635 for France, where he was noticed at Court for his blond beauty.

He commanded troops in the Franche-Comté, on the Rhine, and in Flanders. In 1633, he successfully defended Andernach against the Spanish, but is in general better remembered for his bravery than for his military skills.

He was taken prisoner by the Spanish in 1642 at the Battle of Honnecourt, and again in 1643 by Imperial troops at the Battle of Tuttlingen. On 30 June 1645, he became Marshal of France and in 1646 Governor of the newly conquered Dunkirk Fortress.

During the Fronde, he was arrested by Mazarin and locked up in the Bastille. He was acquitted, but died shortly after being released.

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Josias Rantzau, til Bothkamp's Timeline

October 18, 1609
Bothkamp, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
September 14, 1650
Age 40
Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France