History, Luther

Martin Luther Awakened to Find Someone a Husband

A treasure from the Table Talk.

When the doctor had gone to bed a man came who had been sent by the widow of the pastor in Belgern to ask for a husband. He [Martin Luther] said, “Give [her a husband]? She’s over seven years of age! Let her find her own husband! I can’t provide one for her.”

When the messenger had departed he said to me, laughing, “For God’s sake I’ll inquire. Write this down, Schlaginhaufen! What a bother! Am I to furnish husbands for these women? They must take me for a pimp! Fie on the world! Write it down, dear fellow, make a note of this!”

Early America, Genealogy, History, The Women Who Married The Orcutt Men, Theology

Danielle Mead Skjelver’s First Novel

Winner, National Historic Research & Preservation Award
Daughters of Colonial Wars
Massacre: Daughter of War


“A master storyteller … The best book I have read in twenty years!”
– Lieutenant Colonel James Munroe, United States Marine Corps

“Never in all my years of reading have I ever enjoyed or been so moved by a book!”
– Susan White McCarvill, Mohawk & French

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This novel tells the long forgotten story of Hannah Hawks Scott, a woman whom Joseph Anderson called the most afflicted woman in all New England. Born to a soldier in King Philip’s War, Hannah found herself caught in the inevitable clash of two cultures. Yet, she was not alone in her affliction. Drawing on many sources, the author weaves into Hannah’s story the tale of a fictional Pequot boy whose life redefines the word “massacre.” Spanning the 1637 attack on the Pequot Fort to the 1704 raid of Deerfield, Massachusetts, and through Queen Anne’s War, Massacre: Daughter of War delivers a powerful examination of the conflict between Puritan colonists and the First Nations of North America. Follow the lives of Hannah and this young boy as they endure the nightmare of war ~ each struggling for family, each struggling for home.

“We were spellbound!”
– Chaplain Dick Eisemann, United States Air Force, Lt. Col., Ret.

“A must read!”
– Linda F. Skarnulis, Regent, Trumbull-Porter Chapter
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames

“A colonial America must-read…”
– Edward Ellis, Author, In This Small Place

“Pervading the page-turner is the finest job I have ever seen to treat with fairness and credibility the viewpoints (including religious) of both the Native American Indians and the English settlers — remarkable! There are lessons for our time in this…. I don’t know when I have been so deeply moved, to the core of my being…. Nor have I read, I don’t recall, such a very satisfying book — one that takes questions that matter so greatly to me, and carries them through so lovingly, so care-fully, to amazingly healing and peaceful places of rest.”
– Judy Holy, Author, The Women Who Married The Orcutt Men

“I could not put it down… Much research went into the writing of that book …. it should be required reading for high school students…”
– Florence Crowell, Author, Images of America: Watertown
President, Watertown Historical Society

“Skjelver writes one helluva remarkable, fine book! … a WONDERFUL BOOK!”
– Richard Morgan, History Department, North Dakota State University, Ret.



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Dolnstein, History, Luther, Northern Plains

Double Book Progress & Toxic Tourism

The Black Band: Finished draft 2 of chapter 3 and fired it off to my editor. Today I have a 3 hour Write-In with a colleague to work on chapter 4, in which Paul Dolnstein drinks a beer with Martin Luther.

The War with the Sioux: Today brings a Skype editing meeting with my co-translator.

Toxic Tourism: Apparently this is a thing. Toxic Tourism is a form of activist tourism where people pay to visit environmental disaster zones. These would be zones created by human actions – pollution in particular.

Bill Caraher notes that Toxic Tourism tends toward a less than helpful focus on “economically disadvantaged, minority, and marginalized communities which do not have the political standing to challenge unscrupulous producers or the location and precautions associated with dangerous and toxic industries.” Caraher talks about its impact on the Bakken oil patch here.

Dolnstein, History, Literary Project, Luther, Northern Plains, Village Arts

Book Updates

The War with the Sioux: Norwegians against Indians, 1862-1863 is with the publisher now. We are working on images and maps. The hope is a fall print date. The War with the Sioux is a collaborative translation of Karl Jakob Skarstein’s Krigen mot Siouxene: nordmenn mot indianerne, 1862-1863.

Voices from the Prairie is printing, as I understand it. Voices from the Prairie is a regional literary anthology.

The Black Band, the novel of Martin Luther and the Peasants’ War, is receiving all of my writing time now. I am adding several new chapters and have rewritten those I posted earlier to Scribd. I have hopes of being done by the end of the summer. We shall see. In the meantime, if I seem stranger than usual it is because I am in the 16th century.


Um. No.

Screen Shots from Aftenposten
Screen Shots from Aftenposten

I’ve been watching the Scandinavian press chuckle over the History Channel series “Vikings” for awhile. Most recently, Aftenposten pointed out Uppsala’s sudden move to the mountains, courtesy of the series.

In reality, Uppsala looks a bit like Nebraska with water.

So, just in case it needs saying since the show is on the History Channel, the series is pretty much fun, silly fantasy.


Speakeasy Cards in Cornell’s Collection

To get in the door at a speakeasy during Prohibition, you might have wanted one of these.

The card to the right “would have admitted a partygoer to the glamorous Stork Club in its second home, which it moved into after it had been “raided out” of its first on West 58th Street. The Stork would stay at this East 51st Street location for only three years before moving up to East 53rd Street, where it would remain until its closing in 1965.” – Rebecca Onion, Slate.com


These cards are from Cornell’s collection.