Jean de Gassion
Jean, comte de Gassion was a Gascon
Gascony is an area of southwest France that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution. The region is vaguely defined and the distinction between Guyenne and Gascony is unclear; sometimes they are considered to overlap, and sometimes Gascony is considered a...

 military commander for France
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, prominent at the battle of Rocroi
Battle of Rocroi
The Battle of Rocroi was fought on 19 May 1643, late in the Thirty Years' War. It resulted in a victory of the French army under the Duc d'Enghien, against the Spanish army under General Francisco de Melo.-Prelude:...

 (1643) who reached the rank of Marshal of France
Marshal of France
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 at the age of thirty-four. He served Louis XIII
Louis XIII of France
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 and Louis XIV
Louis XIV of France
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 and died of wounds at the siege of Lens.


Cardinal Richelieu called him la Guerre ("War") and commandeered his services which had proved valuable to Gustavus Adolphus, one of the renovators of new cavalry tactics
Cavalry tactics
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 in the West. It was a stroke of good fortune, for, several days after the death of Louis XIII, under the young duc d'Enghien, Louis II de Bourbon, the Grand Condé, Gassion was a crucial factor in the French success at Rocroi against combined Habsburg
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forces, a role gracefully acknowledged by Condé.

Contemporary references (from French Wikipedia)

  • Du Prat, La vie du maréchal de Gassion (BN 5768). Du Prat was a Huguenot minister and Gassion's almoner.
  • Du Prat, Le portrait du mareschal de Gassion
  • Abbé Michel de Pure, Histoire du maréchal de Gassion (Paris 1673, Amsterdam 1696)
  • Théophraste Renaudot, La Vie et la mort du maréchal de Gassion, (1647)
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