The Thirty Years War. All the signs, portents and omens were present. To include the Great Comet of 1618. Celestial phenomenon of an unusual nature a precursor to calamity the nature of which was often war!
As was described by the German author Hans Heberle.
"In the year of Our Lord 1618."
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"The Great Comet and the Start of the War (1618 and 1619)"
"In 1618 a great comet appeared in the form of great and terrible rod, which was accorded us by and through God because of our sinful lives, which we have richly earned in the past and continue to earn daily. This comet was visible from autumn until the following spring. Its meaning and consequences should have been greeted with hot tears, as we experience and as we experienced between 1620 and 1630. Such events cannot be adequately described, as this little book richly reveals. [ . . . ]"
The Great Comet of 1618 and as visible to the unaided eye even during a full moon so it would seem. Awesome and fearsome both.
Very artistic rendition of the Great Comet of 1618. Was seen by all and taken as an omen of bad!
Locals comment to one another on the spectacle of the Great Comet. An apparition strange and frightening to a people still very superstitious by modern standards.
Let us forgive those who decades later in the aftermath of the Thirty Years War understood that the comet indeed was seen as an omen and apparition of evil and doom.