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By Eric Flint


1632 And in northern Germany issues could not get a lot worse. Famine. sickness. Religous conflict laying waste the towns. in basic terms the aristocrats remained rather unscathed; for the peasants, loss of life used to be a mercy.
2000 issues are going okay in Grantville, West Virginia, and everyone attending the marriage of Mike Stearn's sister (including the complete neighborhood bankruptcy of the United Mine employees of the USA, which Mike leads) is having a great time.
THEN, every little thing CHANGED....
while the airborne dirt and dust settles, Mike leads a gaggle of armed miners to determine what occurred and unearths the line into city is lower, as with a sword. at the different part, a scene out of Hell: a guy nailed to a farmhouse door, his spouse and daughter attacked by way of males in metal vests. confronted with this, Mike and his neighbors would not have to invite who to shoot. At that second Freedom and Justice, American sort, are brought to the center of the Thirty Years' War.

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The subsequent phrases got here leaden with anger. And, convinced, disgrace. "I won't make any offers i will not preserve. now not back. now not after Magdeburg. I easily wouldn't have the forces to save lots of Thuringia from Tilly. And the geography favors him fullyyt. he's nearer and will use the Harz Mountains to protect his flank. " Bernard nodded. "We be aware of that, Your Majesty. " He straightened, clutching his sword pommel. "My brother is the inheritor, and he needs to stay the following with you. yet i'll go back to Weimar, and do what i will be able to. i'll reestablish touch with you by way of courier once i will, but—" "No. " Startled, Bernard's eyes went to Axel Oxenstierna. The Swedish chancellor unfold his arms apologetically. "Excuse my abruptness, lord. yet that's quite a truly undesirable thought. " Axel raised his hand, forestalling the duke's impetuous protest. "Please, Bernard! i love your braveness. the entire extra so, because braveness turns out a rarer substance than gold one of the German aristocracy. " back, the Swedish officials within the room barked indignant, sarcastic laughter. Axel plowed on: "It will be a truly romantic gesture, Bernard. however it may even be sheer stupidity. you could accomplish not anything in Thuringia past death or being captured. you've few forces of your personal, and—" Axel fastened the younger nobleman with willing, rationale eyes. "You are green in struggle, lad. " He virtually additional "a virgin, in truth," yet bit off the phrases. Bernard of Saxe-Weimar's face used to be pinched, tight. His eyes flitted to Gustav Adolf, pleading. Gustav breathed seriously. Then, stepping ahead, he put a big hand on Saxe-Weimar's slim shoulder. "He's correct, Bernard. " The king's face broke right into a unexpected, pleased smile. "Stay right here as an alternative. With me. i might be extremely joyful so as to add you to my employees, in addition to Wilhelm. i'm convinced you'd be an asset"—Gustav blandly overlooked the hardly veiled skepticism at the faces of his Swedish officers—"and, in trade, i think i may educate you whatever of the artwork of struggle. " The final a part of the sentence did the trick, as Gustav had anticipated. Saxe-Weimar's adolescent admiration for the king's army prowess had turn into a minor embarrassment. Bernard's eyes moved to the opposite males clustered approximately. Veterans, all. males of confirmed valor. simple to work out, the younger guy was once involved for his attractiveness. His gaze settled at the youngest Swedish officer within the tent. That used to be Lennart Torstensson, the intense commander of the Swedish artillery. Torstensson chuckled. "Have no worry, Bernard. enable the imperialists taunt you as they're going to. quickly enough—within a year—they will taunt not. " The snicker which swept the tent, this time, used to be neither offended nor sarcastic. easily savage and feral. So may well northern wolves bark, listening to that reindeer puzzled their braveness. Torstensson's reaction, and the accompanying laughter, was once adequate. Saxe-Weimar's nod become a deep bow, directed on the king. "It will be my honor and privilege, Your Majesty. " Gustav clapped his fingers jointly. "Excellent! within the meantime—" He became to at least one of his cavalry commanders, Johann Banér.

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