Emperor War 1625 - 29
period after the Kalmar War Christian 4th directed his
attention southwards. When The Thirty Year’s War had begun, the
Protestants tried to make him react against the Emperor and chose him,
who as duke of Holsten was German prince, as colonel for the
Christian let himself, partly of eagerness for the reformation, but
mostly in the hope of winning possessions in Northern Germany,
persuade to participate in the war (1625).
At Lutter am Barenberg he, however, was totally defeated in 1626 by
Tilly, and then Wallenberg advanced through Holsten and conquered all
Jutland, whereas the Danish fleet prevented him from going to the
islands. Gustav Adolf now wanted, that Denmark and Sweden in community
should take on the fight against the Emperor. But Christian 4th,
who was already jealous of Sweden’s growing power, preferred to make
peace in Lübeck 1629 and to withdraw the war, under the condition
that the Emperor evakuated his lands.
This unsuccessful attempt had made it quite obvious, how weak Denmark
was as to military force, especially against an attack from the south.
The duke of Gottorp had by influence of the Emperor given up the
Danish cause and approached its enemies.
In the future Denmark always had an enemy in the dukes, who closely
joined Sweden. Jutland, which since Grevens Fejde (The Count’s Feud)
had not been fighting place of war, was ravaged and tormented.
King Christian had come into an unfortunate position as to The Council
and the nobilities, who had been against his parcipation in the German
war, and because of that been very reluctant to cary their part of its