A successful generalissimo who had made himself ruler of the lands of the Duchy of Friedland in northern Bohemia, Wallenstein found himself released from service in 1630 after Ferdinand grew wary of his ambition. Several Protestant victories over Catholic armies induced Ferdinand to recall Wallenstein, who again turned the war in favor of the Imperial cause. Dissatisfied with the emperor's treatment of him, Wallenstein considered allying with the Protestants. However, Ferdinand had the general assassinated at Eger (Cheb) in Egerland by one of the army's officials, Walter Devereaux.
Albrecht von Wallenstein was hired into service by the Habsburgs after the defeat of Count Tilly at Breitenfeld. Prior to this, he'd been forced into retirement by the Holy Roman Empire, but his reputation hung over the war. Gustavus Adolphus was reminded of this fact just a week after the fall of Magdeburg. After the death of Tilly following the Battle of Rain, Ferdinand II was loath to reinstate Wallenstein, but saw no other choice. Concurrently, Cardinal Richelieu of France began back-channel communications with Wallenstein.
In July, 1631, Wallenstein was beginning a siege of Nürnberg, which had fallen into Gustavus's hands, when Richelieu requested an attack on Grantville. Richelieu was keen to break the power of the Abrabanel family in the New United States, and specifically requested that Wallenstein's Croat raiders kill all Jews in the town. For their part, Wallenstein and his advisers thought this particular tactic was stupid: the raiders couldn't distinguish one group from another during combat. Nonetheless, he gave the order, and selected Grantville High School as the primary target, believing it to be the NUS's primary source of knowledge. As part of the plan, he ordered Octavio Piccolomini to attack Suhl as a feint. They also plotted a course of attack for Spanish forces.
However, tentative NUS ally Gustavus Adolphus saw Wallenstein's intentions, and, under the guise of Captain Gars, led a portion of his cavalry to stop the raid. Wallenstein's plans were foiled through the efforts of Grantville's citizens and the timely arrival of Gustav.
Wallenstein faced retribution from his opponents in the Battle of Alte Veste. While watching over the siege, Wallenstein received a near-fatal wound when he was shot in the jaw by sniper Julie Mackay; only the tremendous distance saved his life. The combination of his injuries and the revelation (gleaned from American history books) that in the OTL, Emperor Ferdinand II had had him assassinated in 1634 convinced Wallenstein to align with Gustavus and the Americans. He also preferred not to face the Americans or Gustavus in battle again, the American rifles which tore up his jaw in particular. Wallenstein's health saw a marked decline as he could not ingest solids. He reasoned that the American health care could also cure his injuries. This was done in secret, as Wallenstein was a wanted man in Grantville.
After re-forging his allegiances, Wallenstein plotted (together with Gottfried Pappenheim) to expel imperial administrators from Bohemia and depose the absent Archduke Ferdinand II, while he was occupied opposing the Ottoman Empire. He defeated the Austrians at the Second Battle of the White Mountain in July 1633, and crowned himself as King of Bohemia and Moravia. One of his first acts as King was to declare religious freedom and abolish all restrictions on Bohemia's Jews. He also sent a note to Prague's Jesuits saying they could remain if they ceased their activity against Protestants.
By 1635, Wallenstein's health was growing steadily worse, even though he was being taken care of under modern hospitality. He had a "blind spot" for astrology and similar practices, and strongly depended on astrologers to divine his fate. Late in 1635 or early in 1636 (the exact date is uncertain), Tom Stone and Grantville's resident sleight-of-hand artist George Mundell gave him a disguised medical examination. After radio consultation with James Nichols, it was concluded that Wallenstein had gout, a chronic infection, and congestive heart failure.
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|King of Bohemia and Moravia|
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