Heldrungen, Sommersburg County, SoTF
Summer-Fall, 1636

The older boy sat quietly on the stone bench in the chapel vestibule at the Wasserburg, the moated castle, in Heldrungen. His brother, three or four years younger, newly breeched, wriggled, wiggled, squirmed, and wriggled some more.

Gottfried Pinckert, attorney, looked at Hans Appelt, the Dorfschulze, and the two pastors, Augustin Fasch and Melchior Bretschneider.

"Meine Herren? Have you reached a consensus?

Appelt shook his head. "If only their grandfather at Mattstedt had not died. I'm certain . . .

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