The disaster, and inevitable, is completed with the successful seizure of the Palatinate by Spinola Catholic mercenary. On the verge of collapse, the union of the Evangelical League seriously ponders giving up the fight. But Philip II, carried away by their rage loses a valuable opportunity and rather than be prudent and conciliatory, he sees the weakness of the enemies the perfect excuse to dominate even more. Making clear his hatred of the Protestants, began a series of persecutions by the Inquisition supported, complete with the lives of thousands of men, including women and children. Dementia of what is a godly man and abetted by Christian ideals, severely disappoint the Protestants who take the strength to hatch a new plot. Exasperated by oppression, its leaders gathered in a square of Bohemia arcane seek to reorganize the fight to the emperor. The volunteers, who already account for thousands, are integrated into the remnants of the defeated army at White Mountain led this time by the general Calvinist and Ernest von Mansfeld, a fanatic who rightly deserves its nickname of "Attila of Christianity." Strong, refined and convinced that Calvin's doctrine was the truth, vows to avenge the insults received by Catholics. Philip II, who believes assured of victory, later received the news of the formation of a new army.

At that time, the head of the hydra branches and think again planning a new offensive. In the spring of 1622, meet Christian, Duke of Brunswick, George Frederick, Margrave of Baden Durlach and Mansfeld. His slogan was clear: either victory or defeat. It was finally the latter. His army of almost 20,000 men was annihilated in the Battle of Hochst (now Germany) and in August 1623, Christian of Brunswick was crushed by Count Tilly in Stadtlohn (current Westphalia, Germany), where only one third of the army of 21,000 men Mansfeld managed to escape the battle. Without supplies, or human resources or finance, Mansfeld's army finally dispersed in 1624. The final defeat and conquest of the Palatinate region of Philip II were necessary to govern the situation at home. Latest vanity tempered chains were broken years earlier (1621), when in order to fulfill its commitments to its allies, stepped on the estates of the political organization of their country. It is here that the war, which at first was only in Germany, went on to become a continental war.