September 20, 1634

The council chambers were cold and smelled of smoke and the rank of angry men.

Councilman Bernhardt Betzold slammed his tankard down on the table to interrupt the other councilors' arguments.

"Gentlemen," Bernhardt said, "Please. We simply must accept the situation. The emperor has rejected our request for military help. We are compelled to reach some agreement with this republican movement--these followers of the Ram. It will be the Peasants' Revolt all over again if we do not. Let us send for Georg Nusch. The farmers . . .

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