Title: The Kingdom of the Birds

Subtitle: Seppel and the Secret of the Wartburg Castle

Author: Hilda Demuth-Lutze


Germany 1521: Fourteen year-old Seppel, an unskilled village boy, cannot imagine why his uncle Spalatin, chaplain to the Duke of Saxony, would summon him to a year of service in faraway Thuringia. A knight and squire escort Seppel to the Wartburg Castle, where Captain von Berlepsch disguises him as a page and instructs him in swordsmanship and horsemanship. Clumsy in his first attempts, Seppel tells the captain, You can t hope to convince anyone that I am of noble birth! But the captain continues to school Seppel in the knightly arts.

In a locked room Seppel meets Sir Georg, the mysterious knight whom he is to serve as page. The knight welcomes Seppel s company and does not see through his disguise. When Seppel learns the true identity of the prisoner, he realizes that he must keep the secret of the Wartburg Castle or the entire household will risk punishment by church and state. Knight and page learn much about bravery, truth, and the power of the Word during their time together in the Kingdom of the Birds.

About the Author

Hilda Demuth-Lutze is a high school English teacher in Chesterton, Indiana. She earned her B.A. from Valparaiso University and M.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University. Hilda lives in a farmhouse near Valparaiso, Indiana, with her husband Mark and their three children. Hilda s first novel, Plank Road Summer, was co-authored with her sister Emily Demuth Ishida.


ISBN: 978-1933794266

Pages: 184 perfect bound

Size: 6 x 9

Price: $16.00

Publication date: October 2009

Kingdom of the Birds by Hilda Demuth-Lutze

SKU: 0010
  • Product details

    • Perfect Paperback: 240 pages
    • Publisher: Kirk House Publishers (March 5, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1933794267
    • ISBN-13: 978-1933794266
    • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces