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Won by the Sword
G.A. Henty

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Won by the Sword
A Story of the Thirty Years' War 

G.A.  Henty 

PREFACE. 

MY DEAR LADS, 

In my preface to the Lion of the North I expressed a hope that
I might some day be able to continue the history of the Thirty
Years' War.  The deaths of Gustavus and his great rival Wallenstein
and the crushing defeat of the Swedes and their allies at the
battle of Nordlingen brought the first period of that war to a
close.  Hostilities, indeed, never ceased, but the Swedes no longer
played the leading part on the Protestant side that they had
hitherto occupied.  Oxenstiern, the great chancellor of Sweden,
saw that the only hope of eventual success lay in engaging France
in the struggle, and he and the Duke of Weimar went to Paris and

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