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  1. WI/PC: Elisabeth of Bayreuth as Queen of Denmark?

    The Elisabeth of Bayreuth of the title is the niece of Friedrich the Great and OTL duchess of Württemberg). I ask this because her wikipedia article says that the king of Denmark was also a suitor for her hand at the time of her OTL marriage (1748). In 1748, the king of Denmark was Frederik V...
  2. Theremin Invents the Television Before Baird?

    OTL John Logie Baird and Leon Theremin came up with the idea of television independently. Baird got there first to invent the first television, although Theremin's version was "more advanced". Based on this post:
  3. WI: Suzanne de Bourbon Born Male?

    Suzanne de Bourbon was the only child of Anne of Beaujeu, Regent of France, and Pierre II, Duc de Bourbon (unless you count her brother, Charles, supposedly born in 1476, but sources conflict as to whether he died at birth or lived or even existed at all, for the sake of discussion, we'll assume...
  4. WI: Ferdinand II's Kingdom of Austria?

    OTL Emperor Ferdinand II tried to elevate the archduchy of Austria to a kingdom in order to prevent another Brother's Squabble like had plagued the late reign of Rudolf II/Matthias. His brothers, Leopold V and Karl, opposed their "disinheritance" and so, the idea was dead in the water. Was...
  5. A Brother for Philippe the Good of Burgundy?

    OTL Philippe III of Burgundy was his parents' only male child. But what if he'd had a brother (say a switch that sees OTL Anne of Burgundy born a boy and Jean, Bishop of Cambrai, born the same year, born a girl instead). How would this affect things? It's probably a bit of a weird POD, but what...
  6. How Would the Comte de Chambord Marrying a Russian Grand Duchess Work?

    Logistically speaking? Was talking with @The_Most_Happy and wondered how this would work. If Henri's ONLY Comte de Chambord at the time of the marriage, then that's "fine". But if he's already king it seems like a nightmare? Russian grand duchesses married "at home". Meaning that Henri (who...
  7. Dumb Question about Eugène de Beauharnais' Children

    In the event of either a Napoléonic victory or at least LESS of a Napoléonic defeat (for instance, Napoléon II is installed when his father dies) where do Eugène de Beauharnais' kids wind up? His daughters (let's assume an OTL birth pattern for them) most likely end up in proper German...
  8. WI/AHC: Rostislav Stratimirovic Becomes Prince of Bulgaria/Tarnovo?

    Rostislav Stratomirovic was a man who emerged in the 1680s claiming to be the descendant of Ivan Stratsimir, Emperor of Vidin. He tried to get Russian, Polish and I think Austrian help against the Turks. All were unsuccessful, and he wound up dying in Russia. Could he have been successful? What...
  9. Why Did the Staffords Never Recover After Henry VIII Executed the Duke?

    Simple question. OTL the Howards and the Seymours had as many brushes with the law (if not more than) as the Staffords did. Yet, the Howards and the Seymours are STILL dukes of Norfolk/Somerset. The Staffords, after the 3e duke's execution in 1521, never really recovered go the same extent...
  10. WI: The Welfs Keep The Palatinate?

    In 1195, Heinrich of Brunswick, eldest son of Henry the Lion of Saxony and Matilda of England, was granted the County Palatine of the Rhine. Heinrich had married Agnes of Staufen (who had previously been offered by her cousin, the Emperor, to the king of France, Philippe II Auguste) in 1193, and...
  11. WI: Bavaria-Ingolstadt Survives?

    Stupid question, but Ludwig VII really got around as far as loyalties went. He supported Wenzel of Luxemburg against the other Bavarian branches, then Rupert of the Palatinate against Wenzel, then went over to Sigismund against the Landshuts. In France he backed the duke of Burgundy against...
  12. Pedro of Coimbra, Successful King of Aragon?

    OTL, Pedro of Coimbra (not to be confused with his father, Pedro, duque de Coimbra) was elected as anti-king of Aragon in 1463. After several adventures, he finally died in 1466 after a three year contest with Juan II. After which, the Catalans chose René of Anjou as anti-king. What if Pedro...
  13. François I Remarries to a Portuguese Infanta

    Obviously this is rather problematic since there were only TWO daughters of Manuel I (Isabel and Beatriz), and when François WAS widowed, neither lady was available (Beatriz was already married and Isabel stubbornly refusing to marry anyone but Karl V). Easiest option would just be to have...
  14. WI: Gaston III Fébus de Foix Dies, His Son Lives

    What happened OTL was that Carlos II of Navarre didn't much care for his brother-in-law, Gaston Febus de Foix. Carlod duped his nephew, another Gaston, into believing that poison was actually a love potion to bring his parents back together (or some such), and tasked him to administer it to his...
  15. Do More Lines of Habsburgs Mean MORE Inbreeding?

    Excuse the grisly sound of the title. But this is more a theoretical exercise than anything else. In 1560 there were FOUR male lines of Habsburgs. By 1620 only TWO male lines were destined to continue. By 1680 there were THREE male Habsburgs (Carlos II, Leopold I and future Joseph I). Now, if...
  16. Did the Silesian Piasts Have Seats in the HRE's Reichstag?

    Was speaking to @Jan Olbracht about this, because I'm seriously confused about whether they did or didn't. They attended/participated in the Fürstentag of Regensburg. And Silesia, like Lusatia or Moravia was not DIRECTLY controlled by the king of Bohemia. Whaley compares the status Silesia held...
  17. Alternative Capital to Madrid?

    OTL, Madrid was only selected as the home of Felipe II in 1561, before that, Valladolid had been the "capital" from 1554 until a fire in 1561. However, Karl V and his wife, IIRC based himself out of Granada, and ISTR Élisabeth de Valois despised Toledo (not sure if that was just to visit or if...
  18. Can the Kingdom of Naples Be Spun-Off As A Secundogeniture Earlier?

    OTL, between Fernando II of Aragon conquering Naples and the death of King Carlos II, Naples was ruled conjointly with Spain. There were, several revolts in Naples and more than enough people who took the idea into their head (Henri II de Guise, Kristina of Sweden, and Masaniello) to free Naples...
  19. WI: Hansl im Keller, or a Son for Karl VI?

    In 1723, during the sojourn of the Emperor and Empress in Prague for his coronation as "king of Bohemia"[1] the empress duly became pregnant. When this news was announced at the queen's coronation banquet, those present raised their glasses to "Hansl im Keller" (Little Johnny in the Cellar).[2]...
  20. Catherine of Aragon Had Been Barren?

    OTL Katherine had no kids or was unable to have more after the New Years' Boy? Does she still stubbornly insist on her being queen of England? Does Henry try to split earlier (if à la Napoléon because he's marrying a womb)? Could her dad persuade her to step aside in a way that her nephew never did?
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