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1634: THE RAM REBELLION

Eric Flint with
Virginia DeMarce




 

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

Copyright © 2006 by Eric Flint with Virginia DeMarce. Stories copyright by individual authors.

A Baen Books Original

Baen Publishing Enterprises
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ISBN 10: 1-4165-2060-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-4165-2060-7

Cover art by Tom Kidd

First printing, May 2006

Distributed by Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Flint, Eric.
1634 : the Ram rebellion / Eric Flint with Virginia DeMarce.
  p. cm.
  "A Baen Books original."
  ISBN 1-4165-2060-0
  1. Thirty Years' War, 1618-1648—Fiction. 2. Germany—History—1618-  1648—Fiction. 3. Americans—Germany—Fiction. 4. West Virginia—  Fiction. I. DeMarce, Virginia Easley, 1940- II. Title.

PS3556.L548A61842006
813'.54—dc22
                 2006005327


Printed in the United States of America

 

Baen Books by Eric Flint

Ring of Fire series:

1632 by Eric Flint
1633 by Eric Flint & David Weber
Ring of Fire ed. by Eric Flint
1634: The Galileo Affair by Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis
Grantville Gazette, ed. by Eric Flint
Grantville Gazette II, ed. by Eric Flint
1634: The Ram Rebellion by Eric Flint with Virginia DeMarce et al.
1635: Cannon Law by Eric Flint & Andrew Dennis (forthcoming)
Grantville Gazette III ed. by Eric Flint (forthcoming)

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The Philosophical Strangler
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Mother of Demons
The Shadow of the Lion (with Mercedes Lackey & Dave Freer)
This Rough Magic (with Mercedes Lackey & Dave Freer)
The Wizard of Karres (with Mercedes Lackey & Dave Freer)
Rats, Bats & Vats (with Dave Freer)
The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly (with Dave Freer, forthcoming)
Pyramid Scheme (with Dave Freer)
Crown of Slaves (with David Weber)
Boundary (with Ryk E. Spoor)

The Belisarius series, with David Drake:

An Oblique Approach
In the Heart of Darkness
Destiny's Shield
Fortune's Stroke
The Tide of Victory
The Dance of Time

The General series, with David Drake:

The Tyrant

CAST OF CHARACTERS

 

German Nobleman and Officials

Bayreuth, Christian: Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, ally of Gustavus Adolphus
Bimbach, Fuchs von: Freiherr, estates both near Bayreuth (headquarters and Schloss there) and near Gerolzhofen; leader of the opposition to the NUS administration in Franconia and to the Ram Rebellion
Dantz, Adrian von: Pomeranian captain in Swedish army stationed in Grantville
Faber: Bamberg city councilman
Seifert: Head of Bamberg city council
Felder, Bruno Commander of the Swedish garrison in Suhl
Hesse-Kassel, Wilhelm V: Duke of Hesse-Kassel, ally of Gustavus Adolphus
Krausold, Johann Friedrich: Saxe-Weimar treasury official sent to Würzburg with the auditors; informant for Wilhelm Wettin
Lenz, Polykarp: Adviser to Freiherr Fuchs von Bimbach
Wettin, Wilhelm: Formerly Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar; leader of the opposition party

 

Members of the Ram movement

Ableidinger, Constantin: School teacher in Frankenwinheim, organizer of the Ram Rebellion
Blumroder, Ruben: Gun manufacturer in Suhl
Jost, Gerhardt: Jaeger; associate of Constantin Ableidinger in the Ram movement
Kronacher, Else: Printer's widow in Bamberg; the "ewe" of the Ram Rebellion
Kronacher, Martha: Daughter of Else Kronacher
Neideckerin, Judith: Mistress of Freiherr Fuchs von Bimbach
Neideckerin, "die Alte": Boardinghouse keeper in Bamberg; widow, mother of Judith Neideckerin
Vulpius, Kaethe: Wife of Rudolph Vulpius
Vulpius, Rudolph: Mayor of Frankenwinheim

 

Officials of the New United States

Bellamy, Arnold: Deputy, then Secretary of the NUS Department of International Affairs after Ed Piazza becomes President of the NUS
Carstairs, Liz (Thornton): Chief of Staff for Mike Stearns 1632; later for Ed Piazza; president of Grantville LDS Relief Society and secretary of the League of Women Voters
Hatfield, Anse: Warrant officer in TacRail; NUS military representative to Suhl
Junker, Egidius "Eddie": Law student at the University of Jena; later assistant to Noelle Murphy
Murphy, Noelle: Grantville tax official; special envoy and general troubleshooter for Mike Stearns and Ed Piazza in Franconia
Stearns, Rebecca "Becky": Wife of Mike Stearns; national security advisor 1631; senator in the NUS (New United States) 1632; daughter of Balthasar Abrabanel
Stearns, Michael "Mike": Head of RoF Emergency Committee; later President of NUS; later prime minister of USE
Piazza, Ed: Secretary of the NUS Department of International Affairs; succeeds Mike Stearns as President of the NUS in autumn 1633
Rau, Jochen: Corporal, NUS TacRail unit, assigned to Suhl with Anse Hatfield
Riddle, Veleda: Founder and President of Grantville League of Women Voters; mother of NUS Chief Justice Charles (Chuck) Riddle
Swisher, Jamie Lee: Staff member, NUS Department of International Affairs
Sybolt, Red: UMWA organizer, working in Bohemia as one of Mike Stearns' unofficial troubleshooters

 

NUS officials in Franconia, headquartered in Würzburg

Salatto, Steve: Chief civilian administrator in Franconia, headquartered in Würzburg; married to Anita Masaniello
Blackwell, Scott: Chief military administrator in Franconia, headquartered in Würzburg
Haun, John Frederic
"Johnnie F.": Head of NUS "Hearts and Minds" team in Franconia, headquartered in Würzburg
Masaniello, Anita: NUS official in Würzburg, married to Steve Salatto
Meyfarth, Johann Matthaeus: Lutheran pastor, poet, diplomat; chief of staff for Steve Salatto in Franconia; founder of a new Lutheran congregation in Bamberg
Petrini, David: NUS economic liaison in Franconia, headquartered in Würzburg
Weckherlin, Georg Rodolf: Poet and diplomat, originally from Wuerttemberg; previously stationed in England; succeeds Johann Matthaus Meyfarth as chief of staff for Steve Salatto in Franconia, stationed at Würzburg
Wendell, Saunders: Deputy to Steve Salatto in Franconia, stationed in Würzburg

 

NUS staff in Bamberg

Hawker, Stewart: Head of NUS "Hearts and Minds" team in Bamberg
Jackson, Wade: UMWA official in NUS administration in Bamberg
Kacere, Jane "Janie": NUS real estate specialist in Bamberg
Kacere, John Christopher: NUS economic liaison in Bamberg, married to Janie Kacere
Marcantonio, Vincent: NUS head civilian administrator in Bamberg
Miller, Walter "Walt": NUS military in Bamberg, dealing with Forchheim fortress, assigned to the Special Commission on Religious Freedom in Franconia
Priest, Cliff: Captain, NUS head military administrator in Bamberg
Trelli. Matthew "Matt": NUS military in Bamberg, dealing with Kronach fortress, assigned to the Special Commission on Religious Freedom in Franconia

 

NUS staff in Fulda

Beattie, Orville: Head of NUS "Hearts and Minds" team in Fulda
Jenkins, Wesley: NUS head civilian administrator in Fulda
Utt. Derek: NUS military administrator in Fulda

 

Auditors assigned to Franconia

Fodor, Willa: NUS auditor in Franconia, mother of Lynelle Calagna
McIntire, Estelle: NUS auditor in Franconia
Utt, Maydene: NUS auditor in Franconia

 

Special Commission on Freedom of Religion

Calagna, Lynelle (Fodor): Wife of Paul Calagna; daughter of Cyril and Willa Fodor
Calagna, Paul: Member of the Special Commission
Early, Mark: NUS military in Fulda, assigned to the Special Commission
Ellis, Reece: Member of the Special Commission
Longhi, Philip: Member of the Special Commission

 

Members of LDS (Mormon) Church active in Franconia

Carstairs, Howard: LDS member in Grantville; husband of Liz (Thornton) Carstairs
Thornton, Willard: LDS missionary in Franconia
Thornton, Emma (Davidson): High school English teacher in Grantville, wife of Willard Thornton
Faerber, Lydia: Wife, later widow of Councilman Faerber in Bamberg; convert to LDS church

 

NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY:

"Ewegenia": Depending on time and place, can be either the head of Veleda Riddle turned into a sheep as the symbol of the Franconian League of Women Voters or the name assigned to Else Kronacher as the "ewe" of the Ram Rebellion



 



 

PREFACE

Eric Flint

This is something of an oddball volume, so it's perhaps fitting that it has an oddball history. Many of the stories contained herein first saw life as stories intended to be published in the electronic magazine devoted to the 1632 series, the Grantville Gazette. (Of which, seven volumes are now published, and the first two in a paper edition as well.)

As I watched these stories being written, however—originally with no overarching framework—it occurred to me that, willy-nilly, the writers were in fact shaping the way in which the revolution begun by the Ring of Fire was starting to have an impact on central Germany.

Once I realized that, this volume was born. I had long intended to write a companion volume to 1632, 1633 and 1634: The Baltic War, that would depict the same events covered in those novels but with a focus that you might call closer to ground level. (1632 and 1633 are already in print. David Weber and I are now close to finishing 1634: The Baltic War.)

It's in the nature of fictional narrative that an author tends, whether he agrees with the Great Man theory of history or not—and I happen to despise it—to write stories that focus on "great heroes." It's simply hard to avoid that, given the dramatic imperatives of story-telling.

But such stories give a skewed view of the way human events unfold. People in their great numbers are creators of their own history, not simply the passive material from which history is shaped. The purpose of this book, more than any other, is to depict that in the form of fiction.

It's an oddball volume, as I said, something of cross between a traditional anthology and a novel. There are many different stories in these pages, written by many different authors. At the same time, all the stories share not only a common setting but a common story arch and a common plot thread—as obscure as that may seem to the reader in the first two parts of the book.

Virginia DeMarce and I provided that, partly in stories we wrote separately, but especially in the short novel we co-authored that concludes the volume and shares the same title: The Ram Rebellion. All the separate threads that are first introduced in Parts I and II begin to come together in Part III, and reach their final culmination in Part IV.

So what to call it? I don't know, to be honest. Let's just settle for "a 1632 book," and I hope you enjoy it.

Part I: Recipes for Revolution

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know."

Ezekiel 37:1-3

Cookbooks

Eric Flint

 

June, 1631

After Melissa Mailey ushered Mike Stearns into her living room and took a seat on an armchair facing him, she lifted her eyebrows. The expression on her face was one that Mike still remembered from years earlier, when he'd been a high school student and Melissa had been the most notorious teacher in the high school.

Which she still was, for that matter.

For the adult population of Grantville, Melissa's notoriety stemmed from her radical political opinions. For her students, however, that notoriety had an entirely different basis. Whatever flamboyantly egalitarian views Ms. Mailey entertained regarding society as a whole, there was not a shred of evidence for them in her classrooms.

The students who thought she was basically okay—Mike himself had been one of them—called her either The Schoolmarm from Hell or Melissa the Hun. Behind her back, of course. The terms used by other students went downhill from there. Very rapidly downhill, in many cases.

Granted, all of her students would admit that she was fair. But fair is not actually a virtue admired in a schoolteacher, by her students, especially when it was almost impossible to slide anything by her.

Merciful, yes; easy-going, yes; absentminded, best of all.

Fair, no.

As one of Mike's schoolmates had grumbled to him at the time, "Who cares if she's `fair'?" The boy pointed an accusing finger at the book open before him on the cafeteria table. "So she's making all of us read this crap, equally and with no favoritism. Gee, ain't that great?"

Mike grimaced. The volume in question was Dante's Inferno, a book he had soon come to detest himself. Ms. Mailey's notions of "suitable reading" for teenagers bore no relationship at all to what teenagers thought themselves.

" `Fair,'" his friend continued remorselessly, the accusing finger still rigid. "Sure she is. Just like Satan himself, in this miserable book."

The expression on Melissa's face today was the same one Mike remembered from years before. The aloof, questioning eyebrow-lift with which she greeted a student who approached her with a problem after class. A facial gesture which, somehow, managed to combine three different propositions:

One. You wish?

Two. Yes, I will be glad to help you.

Three. You will almost certainly wish I hadn't.

"You've got the oddest look on your face, Mike," Melissa said, bringing him back to the moment. "What's up?"

He smiled, a bit sheepishly. "Just remembering . . . Ah, never mind. I need your advice."

"Yes?"

That was point one. Fearlessly, Mike plowed on.

"It's fine and dandy for me to give a fancy public speech about launching the American revolution ahead of schedule, now that our town is stranded in seventeenth-century Europe. I even got elected head of the emergency committee, because of it, thanks to you. But now, ah . . ."

"You've got to put your money where your mouth is. And you don't really know where to start, other than with some fine generalities—very vague, very politicianlike—about freedom and equality." She leaned forward in her chair, lacing her long fingers together. "Yes, I understand. I'll be glad to give you whatever advice I can."

Point two, coming like the tides. Paralyzed for a moment, Mike studied her fingers. Very elegant and aristocratic fingers, they were. Absurdly so, really, for a woman with her political attitudes.

"Ah. Yes. I was thinking maybe . . ."

But Melissa was already shaking her head. Another characteristic Mike remembered. Melissa Mailey was no more likely to let a student frame their own question than she was to provide them with an answer they wanted.

"Start with the land problem," she said firmly. "It stands right at the center of any revolution that shatters the old regime and ushers in democracy and the industrial revolution. That was true even in our own American revolution, though most people don't realize it."

He couldn't think of anything better to say than he had as a teenager.

"Huh?"

She smiled. Very coolly, as he remembered her doing. "Mike, it's complicated. Land tenure is always complicated, especially in societies with a feudal background—and there's nothing dumber than trying to carry through a revolution based on misconceptions. For instance, you're probably assuming that seventeenth century German farmers are a bunch of serfs toiling on land owned by the aristocracy. So the simplest way to solve their problem is to expropriate the land from the great nobles and turn it over to the peasants."

He emitted the familiar response he remembered from high school. "Uh. Well. Yeah."

That firm, detestable headshake.

"Not in the least. That's true in eastern Europe, if I remember correctly, but it's not true here. Mind you, my memory of the details of German social history in the early modern period is a little vague, now. I haven't studied the subject since college, because it's not something we teach in this high school. Or any high school in America, so far as I know. But I remember enough to tell you that land relations in Germany in this day and age are a tangled mare's nest. If we approach it the wrong way, we're just as likely to infuriate the farmers as the nobility, which is the last thing we want to do."

She rose, moved over to one of the bookcases in the living room, and deftly plucked out two of the volumes there. "I've still got some of the relevant books, fortunately, and I've been refreshing my memory these past few days."

Then, as Mike feared she would, she came over and handed one of them to him.

Blessedly, the more slender volume.

"Start with this one. It's Barraclough's The Origins of Modern Germany and it's still—for my money, anyway—the best general history on the subject, even though it was written half a century ago."

Quickly, and as surreptitiously as possible, he flipped to the end of the book.

Not surreptitiously enough, of course.

"Oh, grow up," she said. "It's not even five hundred pages long. You can read it in a few days. What's so funny?"

Despite himself, Mike had started chuckling.

"Dante's Inferno was shorter than this, and you gave us a month to read that one."

"You were a callow youth, then. Besides, it was in terza rima and this is simple prose. So stop whining. Now . . ."

A moment later, the other book—the great, fat, monstrous tome—was deposited firmly in his lap. It was all he could do not to groan.

"Then read this one."

The size of the thing would have been bad enough. The title—Economic History of Europe, for the love of God—made it even worse.

"For Pete's sake, Mike, it's just a book. Stop hefting it as if I were asking you to lift weights."

"Be easier," he muttered. "What'd they print it on? Depleted uranium?"

She returned to her seat. "Make fancy speeches, get elected the big shot, pay the price. No pain, no gain. And if you think that book looks like a bitch, wait'll you—we, I should say—run into the real world."

And that, too, he remembered. Such an oddly contradictory woman.

"Isn't that word politically incorrect?"

"Sure is. Ain't life a bitch?"

She was grinning, now, nothing cool about it.

 

Walking back to his house—listing, some, from the weight of the books tucked under his arm—Mike started muttering to himself.

"Point three. I almost certainly wish I hadn't."

 

The worst of it, of course, was that it wasn't true, and Mike knew it. In the times coming, the books would look like a piece of cake, compared to the real world.

It's complicated . . . coming from Melissa Mailey . . .

"Damn," he muttered. "Can't we just dump some tea leaves in a harbor somewhere, storm a famous prison or two, and be done with it?"

 

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