Ivan Drašković

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
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Ban of Croatia
In office
Preceded byGašpar Stankovački
Succeeded byTamás Erdődy
Personal details
Trakošćan, Kingdom of Croatia, Habsburg monarchy
Died11 March 1613(1613-03-11) (aged 62–63)
Poszony, Kingdom of Hungary
SpouseEva Istvánffy
Parent(s)Gašpar Drašković
Catherine Szekely
ResidenceTrakošćan Castle
Military service
Battles/warsBattle of Brest (1596)


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.[1] During his time in office, Drašković opposed Protestantism,[2] which led to laws being brought which prohibited Protestants settling in Croatia.[3]

Ivan Drašković renounced the office of Ban of Croatia during the Croatian Parliament session on 10 April 1606, but held the office until 1608.[4] He was succeeded by Tamás Erdődy. His son and greatgrandson later became bans as well.


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.[5]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Eterovich, Francis H.; Spalatin, Christopher, eds. (1970). Croatia: Land, People, Culture Volume II. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9781487596774.
  2. ^ Semiotische Berichte: SB, Volume 22. ÖGS. 1999. p. 26.
  3. ^ Magaš, Branka (2007). Croatia Through History: The Making of a European State. Saqi Books. p. 126. ISBN 9780863567759.
  4. ^ "Hrvatski biografski leksikon".
  5. ^ 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 Ban of Croatia
Succeeded by
Preceded by Master of the treasury
Succeeded by