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Tilly, JOHANN TSERCLAS, COUNT VON (1559-1632), a famous general in the Thirty Years' War, was born in Brabant, of Catholic parents, and was intended for the priesthood; but, though he always retained a fervent and even fanatical religious spirit, he preferred military service, and served under Alva in the Netherlands and later in Hungary. He commanded the Bavarians, and inflicted successively disastrous defeats on the Bohemians, on the Duke of Brandenburg, and on Christian IV. of Denmark, and sacked Magdeburg. He was finally twice defeated by Gustavus Adolphus, and died of his wounds and of his chagrin directly after the second repulse.