PART I
February 1635

Section 1. “Von Gottes gnaden, Bernhard, etc.”
 
Besançon, Franche-Comté
 

Gary Lambert stood on the citadel hill of the town of Besançon in the Franche-Comté. He didn’t wonder what he, a nice Lutheran boy from twentieth-century Indiana, was doing there. He knew. By the grace of God and the Ring of Fire, he had escorted his aging future father-in-law, Friedrich Hortleder, to watch Bernhard of Saxe-Weimar officially become Bernhard, Grand Duke of . . .

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