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Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2016 8:40 p.m. PST

Need a bit of inspiration
Any good Thirty Years Novels.

Personal logo Schmitt Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2016 9:05 p.m. PST

Adventures of a Simpleton.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2016 11:57 p.m. PST

Oddly enough, 1632.
It's s science fiction yarn about a town in West Virginia that is zapped onto 1632 "Germany", Thuringia to be precise, during the 30YW.
The "scientific" explanation is basically "Well, it happened. Deal with it." When the author tries to explain it, he just embarrassed himself.

The novel, and subsequent sequels, deal mainly with the people of Grantville, and how they cope, but the war itself is not far off main stage.
They become very involved, so much that Gustavus Adolfus does not die at Lützen.
So, the series continues as a what-if he had lived.
(Did you ever want to plow a coal truck into a phalanx, with an M-60 machine in the bed?)

There are sever collaborative novelsi and short stories by various other authors, both pro and amateur, of varying interest. How would you like to read a novella about a Lutheran Synod debating doctrine? Great fun.

Obviously the series diverge radically from "history" as we know it, but gives a good feel for the period, particularly the suffering of the peasants.
Gird yourself for a heavy dose of pro Union propaganda, btw. grin

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2016 7:08 a.m. PST

That propaganda is why I stopped reading the series,

mad monkey 129 Aug 2016 7:39 a.m. PST

The Last Battle of Jean De Beck.
The Capt. Alatriste novels, especially The Sun over Breda.

Great War Ace Inactive Member29 Aug 2016 8:01 a.m. PST

This is probably the original and quintessential 30 Years War novel. I have only read the condensed, heavily illustrated (Classics comics) version.

Wiki also shows this under G. A. Henty: Won by the Sword: A Story of the Thirty Years War 1900. I have no idea as to availability….

boy wundyr x Inactive Member29 Aug 2016 8:59 a.m. PST

The Henty book is likely (like his others) Victorian-era juvenile fiction – as in fiction targeted towards youth, the others I've read are sort of like Hardy Boys in History. Probably freely available from one of the Project Gutenburg sites.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2016 9:57 a.m. PST

Henty seems to have been prolific !

See the entries in the Gutenberg catalog:


You may also purchase the complete (I think) set of
Henty's historicals from Robinson Books, for just under
$1,100.00 USD, or in sets of 9 for just under $100.00 USD/set

If you have children/grandchildren of reading age and want
to introduce them to history, this is a reasonable, if
dated, set, fiction though it is and Anglo-centric though
it is (and nothing wrong with that !)

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2016 11:38 a.m. PST

The Last Valley by J.B. Pick. Turned into a good film with Michael Caine and Omar Sharif.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member31 Aug 2016 5:24 p.m. PST

Inspiration? Here ya go:

goragrad31 Aug 2016 10:09 p.m. PST

Speaking of Henty and Gustavus – 'Lion of the North.'


Read on line or download.

Apparently in the 80s-90s the town library wasn't properly taken care of and most of the books got mildewed and were thrown away. Pity, they had this and a number of other Henty juveniles.

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