chapter  5
Denmark
Pages 12

On 30 July 1625, Christian IV – king of Denmark and Norway, duke of Schleswig and Holstein-Segeberg, and lately commander of military forces in the Lower Saxon Circle of ‘ŽȱŽ–™’›ŽȱȮȱœžěŽ›ŽȱŠȱŽ››’‹•ŽȱŠŒŒ’Ž—ȱ—ŽŠ›ȱ‘’œȱ‘ŽŠšžŠ›Ž›œȱŠȱ‘ŽȱŽœŽ›ȱ’ŸŽ›ȱ˜ —ȱ˜ȱ Š–Ž•—ǯȱ ’œȱ˜›ŒŽœȱ‘Šȱ‹ŽŽ—ȱꐑ’—ȱŠȱ›ž——’—ȱ‹ŠĴ•ŽȱŠŠ’—œȱŽŠ—ȱȁŽ›Œ•ŠŽœǰȱ˜ž—ȱ’••¢ǰȱ and the army of the Catholic League, and had been doing a creditable job of it. But this ŽŸŽ—’—ǰȱ ‘’•Žȱ ‘Žȱ ”’—ȱ Šœȱ ˜žȱ ›’’—ȱ Š•˜—ȱ Š–Ž•—Ȃœȱ ŽŒŠ¢’—ȱ ‹ŠĴ•Ž–Ž—œǰȱ ‘’œȱ ‘˜›œŽȱ œž–‹•Žȱ Š—ȱ Ž••ǰȱ œŽ—’—ȱ‘˜›œŽȱ Š—ȱ ›’Ž›ȱ ˜ȱ ‘Žȱ ›˜ž—ȱ–˜›Žȱ ‘Š—ȱ ŘŖȱ ŽŽȱ ‹Ž•˜ ǯȱ‘Žȱ ‹ŽŠœȱ’Žǰȱ ’œȱ—ŽŒ”ȱ‹›˜”Ž—ǰȱ‹žȱ ‘Žȱ”’—ȱ ŠœȱŠ•’ŸŽdzȱ‹Š›Ž•¢ǯȱ Žȱ ˜ž•ȱ‹Žȱ ’—ȱŠȱ Œ˜–Šȱ ˜›ȱ  ˜ȱŠ¢œǯȱ’‘’—ȱŠȱŽ ȱ‘˜ž›œȱ˜ȱ‘’œȱŠ••ǰȱ‘˜ž‘ǰȱ‘Žȱ›ž–˜ž›œȱ‹ŽŠ—ȱ˜ȱœ™›ŽŠȱȮȱ‘Žȱ”’—ȱ˜ȱ Ž—–Š›”ȱ Šœȱ—˜ȱ–˜›Žǯȱ‘›’œ’Š—ȂœȱŽ—Ž–’Žœǰȱ’••¢ȱ’—Œ•žŽǰȱ˜˜”ȱ‘ŽŠ›ǯȱ—•¢ȱ¢ŽœŽ›Š¢ȱ‘Žȱ Catholic commander had been amenable to peace talks, but now he lost all inclination to ‹ŽȱŠŒŒ˜––˜Š’—ǯȱ—ȱ ‘’•Žȱ‘›’œ’Š—Ȃœȱ•’ŽžŽ—Š—œȱ›ŽĴŽȱ˜ŸŽ›ȱ‘Ž’›ȱŠ••Ž—ȱ•ŽŠŽ›ǰȱ–Š—¢ȱ ˜ȱ‘Žȱ”’—Ȃœȱ Ž›–Š—ȱŠ••’Žœȱ‘ŽŠ›ȱ‘Žȱ—Ž œǰȱŽœ™Š’›ŽǰȱŠ—ȱœŒ›Š–‹•Žȱ˜ȱ–Š”Žȱ™ŽŠŒŽȱ ‘’•Žȱ they still could.1