A Letter Sent from
Sarient Maior Iohn Forbes from the King of Swethens Army. An
eyewitness account of the Battle of Breitenfeld, September 1631.
Comfect or Saxon Sweetmeats for the Lion of the North. A 1631
broadside which circulated throughout Germany before the Battle of Breitenfeld,
showing Johann Georg I Elector of Saxony, King Gustavus II Adolphus of
Sweden, and the Imperialist Count Tilly, around a table with a series of
bowls holding nuts in them (sweatmeats meaning "nuts,"). Adolphus is seen
holding a chalice of justice and is about to clock Tilly across the head
if he touches any of the bowls. The broadsheet says, in effect, that if
the Emperor tried to touch the hitherto untouched "confection" of Saxony,
they would find that it contained some hard nuts to crack (meaning the
will of Gustavus II Adolphus).
You will also want to take a look
for the web site for the Lifeguard of Gustavus II Adolophus, a reenactment
unit based in the Washington, D.C. area. They are commanded by Captain