A Great Drowning of Men

A Great Drowning of Men

28 August 1626 (old style) The hooves of the cavalry horses thundered as the lifeguards of Friedrich, third of the name, duke of the Danish province Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp, rode for their lives with the duke safely in their midst. Behind them was the carnage of...
The New Magdeburg—After the Ring of Fire

The New Magdeburg—After the Ring of Fire

The author wishes to express his appreciation to Virginia DeMarce, Gorg Huff and Kerryn Offord, whose contributions to this article were substantial.Map by Gorg Huff.General information about Magdeburg:The general plan of Magdeburg is that the long axis is more or...
Name That Tune—Oops, Character

Name That Tune—Oops, Character

At the 1632 mini-conferences I have, several times, presented talks under the title “Time Passed in the Past.” Each talk is different (to avoid boring frequent attenders), but the theme remains the same each year. The past is not some vague, amoebic, blob that...
Interlude

Interlude

MagdeburgEarly December 1634Johann Bach stepped into the room. He saw Lady Beth Haygood glance toward the door, notice him, and immediately begin moving in his direction even as she continued her conversation with a woman Johann did not know.”Master Bach, so...
Time to Spare, Go by Air

Time to Spare, Go by Air

A pasture somewhere east of EisenachBrennermann was barely managing to hold onto the pile of mailbags between his arms. It was impossible to see what was under his feet.“Here, let me help you with that.”Too late. His toe caught on the edge of a wheel rut. The whole...
On His Majesty’s Secret Service

On His Majesty’s Secret Service

There were three gliders in the sky. Each was being towed by a Ziermann Flugzeugwerke Mayfly four-engine heavy transport aircraft. The lead glider was crammed full of soldiers sitting with their backs to the fuselage. At the front, right beside the door to the cockpit...
No Ship for Tranquebar, Part Two

No Ship for Tranquebar, Part Two

Copenhagen Late December 1635 Marlon Pridmore had some apprehension about this first day of work. He had yet to meet the crew, and he didn't relish the thought of walking into the middle of a project. Nevertheless, he walked into the shops with Cornelius Holgarsson,...
Borax Bonanzas

Borax Bonanzas

“She burns green! Rosie, by God, we’re rich.” Those were the words by which Aaron Winters supposedly announced his discovery of borax in Death Valley. At the time, the United States was importing about 400,000 pounds a year, and the borax retailed at...
Northwest Passage, Part Three

Northwest Passage, Part Three

"Land ho!" Svend's navigation lesson with Captain Foxe came to an abrupt end. Landfall had been expected and the captain was needed on deck. Luke grabbed his boatcape and left to answer the hail. The wind was still fresh off the starboard aft quarter and the...