Cardinal Richeliu

Cardinal Richelieu, considered too powerful, allied with Sweden and the United Provinces (Friesland, Groningen, Gelderland, Netherlands, Overijssel, Utrecht and Zeeland) empires watched with horror how the Germans recovered their former power and extend its military and commercial . They decided then to declare war. This is the most confusing stage of the war and also the cruelest. For many reasons, the armies of almost all European countries participated in the contest, which brought economic ruin to their villages, many mired in poverty creepy. This period of operations generated the birth of uprisings whose strength exhausted various empires, fighting both externally and internally.

The fighting began in France, thanks to the reprisals that Spain, Habsburg territory, began in the spring of 1636. The regions of Champagne and Burgundy French and Paris were destroyed, threatened, was aided by Swedish and Saxon troops defeated the Habsburgs in the battle of Compiegne (France) in 1637. The new war, which intensified over the years that followed, took a little break after the death almost successive main performers. Fernando II, died on February 15, 1637, the scheming Cardinal Richeliu (the same as the stories of the Musketeers) died on September 5, 1642 and his king, Louis XIII, expired one year later. The sum of these deaths took effect on the race, but had to follow some years by the interplay of inertia and greed. The country's coffers exhausted Germans and Austrians, the centerpiece of Holy power in central Germany and the enormous difficulty of getting new hosts, led to a growing inability to defend the Bourbons and their hosts took full advantage.