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Kingdom of the Birds

Seppel and the Secret of the Wartburg Castle

Hilda Demuth-Lutze

In May 1521, Wittenberg professor Luther was captured by horsemen in the Thuringian Forest and taken to the Wartburg Castle. This “friendly abduction” had been masterminded by Spalatin, secretary to Duke Frederick of Saxony, in order to protect the outlawed monk from his enemies. The warden of the Wartburg, Hans von Berlepsch, served as Luther’s guardian during ten months of exile. Disguised as a knight, Luther corresponded frequently with friends and colleagues, sometimes referring to his hiding-place as the “kingdom of the birds.” In the strategy to keep the knight's identity a secret a boy named Seppel is recruited to serve as his page. Seppel provides the narrative structure of this exciting historical fiction.

In the pages of this book you can walk the passages of the Wartburg Castle with Martin Luther. You will be amazed at the speed with which he translates the New Testament. Hilda has done her research carefully.



GROUP USAGE:This is an ideal introduction to the Reformation for Confirmation students, middle school classes, and family discussions. Adult book discussion groups and Sunday forums will find it a superb introduction to the Reformation.

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS: Those who choose to use this book as a classroom introduction to the Reformation, for a discussion of the culture of the middle ages, or for a family discussion will find helps at the MEDIA button on this website. Click on Kingdom of the Birds - Teacher Resources. The teaching helps are available also at the author's blog (http://kingdomofthebirds.wordpress.com/). Click on Resources for Teachers.

Hilda Demuth-Lutze grew up in Racine County, Wisconsin. She graduated from Valparaiso University and earned her M.A. from the Pennsylvania State University. A high school English teacher, Hilda lives in a farmhouse near Valparaiso, Indiana, with her husband Mark, who is a high school principal, and their three children. While Hilda writes, Mark tends the sheep and the garden.


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ISBN: 1-933794-26-7
242 Pages
xSize: 6 x 9
Binding: Perfectbound
Publisher: Kirk House Publishers
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