The intricacies of Habsburg family relations make surprisingly fascinating reading in the latest episode in Flint's saga of a 20th-century West Virginia town transported mysteriously to 17th-century Europe. The recently widowed Duke Maximilian of Bavaria reluctantly assents to a dynastic marriage with his niece, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, but her recent reading of an uptime encyclopedia and the American Constitution leads her to consider other, previously un. The recently widowed Duke Maximilian of Bavaria reluctantly assents to a dynastic marriage with his niece, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, but her recent reading of an uptime encyclopedia and the American Constitution leads her to consider other, previously unimaginable options. Meanwhile, Don Fernando, the Spanish Cardinal-Infante, moves toward peace with the fledgling United States of Europe while laying siege to Amsterdam and searching for a suitable bride.
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Added by 6 of our members. The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.
The CPE has the know-how of 20th century technology, but needs iron and steel to make the machines. The iron mines of the upper Palatinate were rendered inoperable by wartime damage, and American know-how is needed on the spot to pump them out and get the metal flowing again-a mission that will prove more complicated than anyone expects. In the maelstrom that is Europe, even a 20th century copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica can precipitate a crisis, when readers learn of the Portuguese revolt, a crisis that will involve Naples as well.
Another factor: Albanian exiles in Naples, inspired by the Americans, are plotting to recover lost Albanian turf, which will precipitate yet another crisis in the Balkans. This troubled century was full of revolutions and plans for more revolutions before the Americans arrived, and gave every would-be revolutionary an example of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns will have his hands full seeing that it doesn't boil over on to Grantville and the CPE.
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1634: The Bavarian Crisis
Many chapters of that "early draft version" were available on line, but the final production reached print on 1 October DeMarce, who wrote Flint congratulating him on his research and verisimilitude found in the novel soon joined with him as an expert collaborator and is one of the regular contributing writers to Tech Manual , the canonical Grantville Gazettes and a key member of the Research Committee with a PhD in history and an international expert specialized in European Genealogy. Her stories regularly deal with historical social and social science matters, as may be expected from DeMarce's PhD dissertation about the German Peasants' War and her life work as a 17th-century European history specialist. The Bavarian Crisis was delayed due to the delayed start and completion of the preceding major work in the set, The Baltic War. As it begins concurrently with the events revealed in that book and that of The Galileo Affair as well as The Ram Rebellion , the overall scope of plot detail historical canvas in the series might be readily intuited. As it is, most of the narrative in all four novels span the same period of , the late winter-to-early summer, though The Galileo Affair expends a few early chapters within the year as backdrop activities within the Catholic Church and Richelieu 's offices are germane to the arch of the plotting. Early revelations detail machinations by the Habsburg heiress Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria — to gather information as aided and abetted by a dowager aunt and her younger sister behind the backs of her father Emperor Ferdinand II of the Holy Roman Empire and his Jesuit watchdogs.
The novel begins by detailing the machinations the Habsburg heiress Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria to gather information, with the aid of her dowager aunt and her younger sister, behind the backs of her father Emperor Ferdinand II and his Jesuit watchdogs. Veronica Dreeson and Mary Simpson meanwhile plan a trip to tend to personal matters to the Upper Palatinate border region conquered by Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden and administered for him from Amberg by ally Duke Ernst of Saxe-Weimar , one of the four Wettin dukes that were supplanted by the formation of the New United States in and Events in the other novels The Galileo Affair , The Ram Rebellion , The Baltic War are integrated into the action and political events behind the scenes, and this book ties a host of little oddities into a coherent canvas capturing a snapshot of the state of Europe in early summer of Concurrent with their pet projects, Dreeson and Simpson are accompanied by a trade delegation with the strategic goal of restoring the iron production of the Upper Palatinate to feed the war needs of the USE. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Plot Summary Edit The novel begins by detailing the machinations the Habsburg heiress Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria to gather information, with the aid of her dowager aunt and her younger sister, behind the backs of her father Emperor Ferdinand II and his Jesuit watchdogs.