Vol. 5

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1632 Fiction

Susan's Story
Grantville August, 1632 "I don't know about you, Susan," Tina said, "but I'm getting out of here before she wakes up. The last thing I want to deal with is Mom and one of her weepy hangovers." "C'mon, Tina. The hangovers are easier to live with than what's really going to happen today," Susan remarked, [...]

Ounces Of Prevention
When Pieter Paul Rubens entered the Brussels' home of fellow diplomat Alessandro Scaglia he was surprised to find his friend and patron, Nicolaas Rockox of Antwerp, deep in conversation with the abate. "Nicolaas," said Rubens, clasping his friend's arm as Rockox and Scaglia rose to greet him, "I didn't know you were acquainted with Alessandro." [...]

Of Masters And Men
November, 1631 Master Carpenter Herman Glauber walked from the open door to the forge in the blacksmith shop Martin Schmidt ran for him. Putting down his bulging briefcase he stood warming his hands above the coals. Glauber nodded pleasantly at Martin and, looking around the shop, beamed. "Rolf, Jakob, finish these up and then take [...]

Murphy's Law
Spring, 1634 "I have to decide within the week," Leopold Cavriani said. "I have no hesitation, of course, about leaving my daughter Idelette here with the Reverend and Mrs. Wiley. She will learn practical business from Count August von Sommersburg's factor, the count being one of the clients I am serving as a consultant. However, [...]

Dyes And Mordants
I. Introduction and brief history of dyeing. By 1630, human beings had been using plants, animals and minerals to change the natural color of plant and animal fibers for at least five thousand years. The oldest written record of dye use goes back to 2,600 BC in China, and archaeologists have identified dyed textiles from [...]

May, 1633  Ernst Frohlich looked at the man sitting across the table from him. He was nondescript, clean shaven, and dressed in contemporary clothing, but his accented German identified him as one of the now famous "up-timers" from Grantville. The fact that the man had requested to meet him anonymously in a public house in [...]

Breaking News
Rome, Italy, August, 1632 An apprentice escorted Artemisia Gentileschi into the stifling studio. She was expected. "Maestra Gentileschi, my dear, how pleasant to see you!" Gian Lorenzo Bernini stood in the middle of his studio. The young sculptor's handsomeness was barely diminished by a layer of rock dust. Apprentices and journeymen worked busily on busts [...]

Schwarza Falls
1To: Grantville Emergency Committee. From: John Sterling, Edgar Frost and Francis Kidwell. Date: May 30, 1631? fifth day after the disaster. Re: Road options around Schwarza Falls. Yesterday, May twenty-ninth, the fourth day after the disaster, we went up Buffalo Creek to the power plant to look into how to build a road connection over [...]

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Suite For Four Hands
Intrada Grantville Late July, 1633 As he turned from closing the door of the Bledsoe and Riebeck workshop, Franz Sylwester found several pairs of eyes focused on him. "Well?" his friend Friedrich Braun asked expectantly. "What did the nurse say?" Franz struggled to keep his expression solemn as he took his jacket off. He heaved [...]

Euterpe, Episode 3
To Father Thomas Fitzherbert SJ, Illustrissimus Collegium AnglicanumRoma From Maestro Giacomo Carissimi, Grantville, USA Seventh day of October, in our Lord's year 1633. Dear and honored father, How are you? I received your letter today. It was waiting for me at the Church of Saint Mary. I'm glad to know that you came back from [...]

1632 Non Fiction

What Replaces the SRG?
The SRG is the standard muzzle-loading rifle of forces allied with USE. SRG stands for "Struve-Reardon Gevar," named after the manufacturer and designer of the weapon. "Gevar" is the German term for rifle. It is based on the Pattern 1853 Enfield rifle, one of the most common guns of the American Civil War. It uses [...]

The Grantville Brickmaker's Primer
[Author's note: This article assumes that there are two thousand pounds to the ton, and a standard construction brick with pointing is 9" x 4.5" x 3" (121.5 cubic inches) and weighs eight pounds.] Making bricks is easy you say. Mankind has been making them for millennia. You dig up some clay, mold it to [...]

In Vitro Veritas: Glassmaking After The Ring Of Fire
In the early seventeenth century, there was already a vigorous international trade in glassware. The world center for glassmaking was in Venice, and the Venetians were most famous for tableware and glass mirrors made of the colorless cristallo. Germany and Bohemia were known for large, decorated drinking glasses, especially those of the green shade which [...]


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