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Troops go home. Peace signed. What next?


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Sandeshavaahak Carel
Die Familie Paul Hausser
Die Familie Maria Acker

November 1, 1648


When Prince Charles Gustaf, leader of one of the last Swedish armies to attack Prague, received news that the Peace Agreement was signed, he sent his troops home. But the student and citizen army was still busy because the Swedes looted every home and building as they left. To protect from the sacking and plundering, the Imperial troops


Battle of Prague on Charles Bridge

turned to some unusual methods. Paul was not contagious, but frightfully weak and unsteady compared to his former self.

Paddy and Donn stood by to protect him and Albert sat in his wagon and shouted warnings for them not to go near those homes or buildings, because Paul had been in there. Maria borrowed some ‘Plague House’ and ‘Quarentine’ signs from the hospital infirmary and posted them. Once they had seen the last of what Albert called “those Swedes’ smelly-fish backsides,” the friends settled down into Maria’s view of life, “celebrate the good and move on.” Simon, Josef, Nandor and Matthias went back to finish their first terms. Prof. Katernice welcomed Gretje to classes and let her take part in the discussions.


Author: jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

8 thoughts on “Troops go home. Peace signed. What next?

  1. This is the creative approach to stifling those nasty Swedes. Looking at your bio. we have some things in common, Jean. I went to U Chicago, and I play in an amateur orchestra (oboe).

    • Hi Ed, I should clarify that I have a certificate in creative writing from U Chicago, not a BA or MS. My graduate studies were at UW Madison. But I get info from U Chicago and can use their library and databases, which is amazingly helpful for research.

  2. A dark and vivid description. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. That’s an interesting, albeit sad, bit of history. It must have been terrifying to know that the conqering army was going to loot homes to get their payment for going to war. 😦

  4. Very vivid, Jean. A sad commentary brought to life.

  5. Ingenious ploy to keep the looters at bay!

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