|About the Book|
Calico Dance, Escape to Sweden is a book about the life of an hypothetical family as they face the terrors of the Thirty Years’ War in their homeland. In the German state of Hesse, where they live, uprisings of soldiers and peasants take their tollMoreCalico Dance, Escape to Sweden is a book about the life of an hypothetical family as they face the terrors of the Thirty Years’ War in their homeland. In the German state of Hesse, where they live, uprisings of soldiers and peasants take their toll upon their home and family. Their house is burned and land taken. This family flees for their lives as an invading army threatens their existence, because they refuse to give up their Calvinist faith to return to the “Mother Church,” which their forefathers separated from during the Reformation.The year 1631 is the book’s focus, soon after the King of Sweden has invaded the German countryside. This family, and particularly their son John, are so impressed by the Protestant king and his army, they become followers, trusting him and his army to protect their Protestant cause, even as they flee their homeland to head north. In this historical fiction novel, the son joins the Swedish army and becomes a Swedish citizen while still on German soil. His example soon becomes a model for the family, including the two daughters, Karin and Jutte (You’ta), who are wandering nomads, homeless and looking for a peaceful and meaningful solution for their future.In their escape north, this family meets others who are also on the run. Another family, who have also experienced much the same terror as our hypothetical family, joins them along the trail for a couple of days. This caravan of two families escaping north has a surprise intruder one night. He is a runaway pikeman who couldn’t take the horror of the war any longer. He is a traitor to his army and after a tense robbery attempt upon these families, he becomes their friend, sharing and helping in their escape.Our fictional family finally decides to become Swedes themselves and continue their trek to Rostock, a Baltic seaport in north Germany. It is here that they find help to secure a passage to Sweden, along with their son, who will serve in the Swedish army there. The hospitality is good once they arrive on Swedish soil. There are other Germans there, who, like them, have escaped the turmoil of their homeland. It is with sadness they leave Germany, but they gain hope for peace and stability for their family in this new culture and climate.The book includes many exciting encounters and brushes with fate along the way. However, our family feels the providential hand of God guiding them throughout each interlude. It’s a book of hope amidst the tragedies. Though fictional, it reveals much truth about what happened to people in the 17th century German countryside, who were inhabitants of a group of states that were to officially become the nation of Germany in 1871.