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30 years war

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Post by donroc » Fri January 28th, 2011, 12:51 am

While on the subject of the Czechs, an anonymous American humorist, possibly Alexander Woolcott, wrote a book titled Waggish Tales of the Czechs. It is structured like the Decameron, except Queen Drahomira is confined in the later stages of pregnancy instead of the setting being a plague. To amuse her, her ladies and courtiers tell classic American risque jokes disguised with Czech names and locales in flowery language. Instead of the farmer's daughter and traveling salesman, we have the wandering Gypsy and the peasant's daughter.

Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Thirty Years War

Post by Treebeard » Sun November 18th, 2012, 1:12 am

A couple of older-than-dirt G. A. Henty "Boys stories"

Lion of the North (Scottish mercenary's serving with the Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus)
Won by the Sword (A Scot serving under Turenne in France and Italy)

I read them long, long ago, back-when-I-was-a-lad... I've still got the 1913 copy of Lion of the North, that I picked up many years ago at a rummage sale. The books were aimed at Victorian era teen boys, so in most cases, the characters are pretty black and white. The Scotsmen are all noble-heated and brave, the folks on the other side, not so. Still, I enjoyed the stories.

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