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For God and KaiserThe Imperial Austrian Army, 1619-1918$
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Richard Bassett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300178586

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300178586.001.0001

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‘The noble knight’

‘The noble knight’

Prince Eugene and the War of the Spanish Succession

(p.56) Chapter 3 ‘The noble knight’
For God and Kaiser

Richard Bassett

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Prince Eugene, the architect of Habsburg military power. Arriving in Vienna in autumn 1683, Eugene of Savoy did not possess a drop of what today would be called Austrian blood. By birth he was Italian, his upbringing French, and his temperament and rapidity of decision constituted what were once considered typical Latin traits. Spurned in his quest for a military career by the court of Louis XIV, his rage at this humiliation was unquenchable. Kaiser Leopold recognised early on Eugene's potential as a soldier, though it is unlikely that even Leopold realised the full extent of the military genius whose spindly frame stood before him.

Keywords:   Habsbrug army, military power, Eugene of Savoy, military career, Louis XIV, Kaiser Leopold

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