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Courtier and Soldier Jindřich Michal Hýzrle z Chodů (part 01)

The Czech knight, later the Czech lord Jindřich Michal Hýzrle of Chody ( 1575–1665 ) lived at about the same time as the famous captain of the French royal musketeers Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Count d'Artagnan ( ca. 1611–1673 ). Both noble warriors were similar in something - both were professional soldiers, both began their careers through patronage, and both were able to fully enjoy all the joys of life that met them. Here, however, all similarity ends. While the Count d'Artagnan allegedly excelled not only in his military abilities but also in his political abilities, especially foresight and sharp judgment, this cannot be said of Mr Hýzrle, even with the best of intentions. On the other hand, Mr. Hýzrle is the author of his own memoirs, while the so-called Memoirs of Count d'Artagnan, on the basis of which Alexandre Dumas wrote his immortal novel The Three Musketeers, is a later literary hoax. Which is another difference between these two baroque cavaliers, this time definitely in favor of our Mr. Hýzrle ...

Eternal Hussar Ladislav Škultéty-Gábriš

From the historical sources, the fates of dukes, generals, chiefs of staff, ie commanders, who had the fates of hundreds and thousands of men in their hands, are known. We seldom have the opportunity to learn more comprehensive information about ordinary, ordinary soldiers. Ladislav Škultéty-Gábriš was one of the few who deserved fame.

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