Ivan II Drašković (Hungarian: Draskovich János; 1550 – 1613) was a Croatian nobleman and politician from the Drašković noble family. He was Ban of Croatia from 1595 to 1606.

Ivan (II) Drašković
Draskovits János bán.jpg
Ban of Croatia
In office
1595–1606
Preceded byGašpar Stankovački
Succeeded byTamás Erdődy
Personal details
Born1550
Trakošćan, Kingdom of Croatia, Habsburg Monarchy
DiedMarch 11, 1613
Poszony, Kingdom of Hungary
NationalityCroat
Spouse(s)Eva Istvánffy
ParentsGašpar Drašković
Catherine Szekely
ResidenceTrakošćan Castle
Military service
Battles/warsBattle of Brest (1596)

BiographyEdit

He was born as a son of Gašpar Drašković, from who he inherited the title of baron, and his wife Catherine Székely. Ivan Drašković married hungarian Baroness Éva Istvánffy, daughter of Miklós Istvánffy. He is known as having defended Turopolje from the Ottoman Empire in 1570. He became Ban of Croatia in 1595. During his time in office, Drašković was also wary of the Protestant Reformation, which led to laws being brought which prohibited Protestants settling in Croatia. According to 17th-century historian and personal acquaintance of Drašković, Juraj Ratkaj, he even stated he would rather "separate himself and the kingdom (Croatia) entirely from the Crown, than having the Protestants succeed in their aspirations". Although this is disputed by modern historiography.

Ivan Drašković renounced the office of Ban of Croatia during the Croatian Parliament session on 10 April 1606, but held the office until 1608.[1] He was succeeded by Tamás Erdődy. His son and greatgrandson later became bans as well.

LegacyEdit

He is notable for his strong support and advocacy of the 1607 founding of the Classical Gymnasium in Zagreb, which is the first and oldest currently operating institution of higher education in the city.[2]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://hbl.lzmk.hr/clanak.aspx?id=5358
  2. ^ Goldstein, Ivo - Szabo, Agneza, Povijest zagrebačke Klasične gimnazije (1607. - 2007.), Zagreb, 2007., str. 11. - 20., ISBN 978-953-6045-50-1
Political offices
Preceded by
Gašpar Stankovački
Ban of Croatia
1595–1606
Succeeded by
Tamás Erdődy
Preceded by
Zsigmond Forgách
Master of the treasury
1610–1613
Succeeded by
Tamás Erdődy