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  1. WI: Alexei Alexeïevich (older brother to Feodor III and Ivan V) Survives

    A POD which is seldom discussed on the English speaking forum. But I feel would have MASSIVE butterflies. Here's the little I know about Alexei: He was a scholar, much like his younger brother, Feodor He WASN'T given military training AFAIK, though I'm not sure why. The reason of ill-health...
  2. WI: François-Hercule, Duc d'Alençon Survives, Marries and Has Kids

    While the idea of him marrying Elizabeth I is FASCINATING, I don't think it's very likely. So let's exclude such a match from the table (insert reason why here). Anyhow, the only other marriage I'm AWARE of ever being offered for him is to Henri IV's sister, Catherine. And I doubt Caterina will...
  3. PC: Could Louis XIV Have "Overrun" Europe Similarly to Napoléon?

    As it says on the tin. Could Louis XIV have built up a "French Empire" similar to what Napoléon did? Protector of the League of the Rhine, further conquests of the Low Countries (Louis will avoid a Spanish ulcer, no doubt), warfare in Italy (never understood why Louis never really meddled there)...
  4. WI/AHC: Charles, Comte de Valois Becomes King of France

    Charles, comte de Valois was the younger brother to Philippe IV le Bel, and father of the whole house of Valois that ruled France between the death of OTL Charles IV (last of the direct Capetians) and the assassination of Henri III in 1589. Charles was only 55 when he died in 1325. So he...
  5. WI: Could Carlo Visconti's descendants have claimed Milan?

    Carlo Visconti, Signore di Parma was the third legitimate son of Bernabo Visconti. He married the widowed Comtesse de Foix, Beatrice d'Armagnac and had four children (Marco, b.1383, d.?; Verde, b.1384, (stillborn); Bona (b.1385) married the Chevalier de Montauban; and Giovanni Carlo (called...
  6. Looking for a Wife for Christoph, Duke of Lolland?

    The guy in the title - if you didn't know - was the older brother of Margareta, Lady [Queen] of Denmark and Norway. Unfortunately, he suffered a head injury and was never quite right after that, in addition to dying young (22yo). If he were to survive, who might be offered as a wife for him...
  7. WI: Smarter Richard II?

    Inspired by the smarter James II thread. What are some things that Richard II could've done differently? As to the "have a kid"/"marry differently" part, I think it would've ACTUALLY made Richard WORSE/more tyra ical, so lets assume his marriages go as OTL. Thoughts?
  8. WI: No Rout of Nicopolis (1396)

    The battle of Nicopolis in September 1396 is regarded as one of the last crusade attempts (according to wikipedia). A piebald army of Europeans(English, French, Burgundian, German, Hungarian, Venetian, Croatian, Bulgarian etc etc) was routed by a far larger Ottoman army. What if Nicopolis...
  9. WI: Louis X Had Had a Son By The Time of the Tour de Nesle Affair?

    OTL, Louis X married Marguerite of Burgundy in 1305, but by the time of the Tour de Nesle affair a few years later, they'd only had ONE child - a daughter, future Juana II of Navarre - in 1311. What if Marguerite were to produce one or two MORE children between January 1311 (when Juana was...
  10. No Cecil John Rhodes

    OTL, Rhodes was a sickly child who was sent to South Africa in the hopes that the climate would improve his health. But what if the man (derided by one contemporary cartoon as "Britain's African Bonaparte") had died before leaving England or on the outbound voyage to the Cape?
  11. WI: Anna Petrovna, Daughter of Catherine the Great was Born Male?

    Anna Petrovna was the short-lived daughter of Catherine the Great. Paternity is often ascribed to Stanislas Poniatowski rather than Pyotr III. What if Anna had been born male (and survived)? What name would he have been given? And would Ekaterina have been allowed to raise him or would he...
  12. AHC: Stop the Spanish and Austrian Branches of the House of Habsburg Walking in Lockstep?

    Obviously they didn't ALWAYS work together, but cases where they worked ACTIVELY AGAINST one another are rare. An obvious and easy way to meet the challenge would simply be for the Austrian branch to go Protestant while the Spanish one remains Catholic. But I was wondering about any other ways...
  13. WI: Enguerrand VII de Coucy Has A Son?

    This is inspired by an old thread of @Valena's, as well as @Zulfurium's HYW TL and reading Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror. Enguerrand VII was the last Sieur de Coucy (the last remaining Lordship in France - the Sieurs de Coucy refused to allow themselves to be elevated to the status of...
  14. WI: Edward III's Daughter, Margaret Marries Jean de Blois-Châtillon

    Son of the Blessed Charles de Blois and Jeanne la Boiteuse, comtesse de Penthièvre and claimant duchess of Brittany? Jeanne was in negotiations for her son, Jean, (who later married Margot de Clisson) to wed Margaret of England but the Montfort ally, Henry de Grosmont, duke of Lancaster...
  15. Second Wife for Louis XI?

    As dauphin, the Spider King was married to Margaret of Scots, but she died a few years later without giving him children. He remarried to Charlotte of Savoy (who was between 8 and 10 years old at the time). Beyond a mention of a possible marriage to the future Blanca II of Navarre (she's...
  16. WI: Edward II Marries Isabel of Castile

    Happy New Year! May it be a good one for all of you reading this. In 1302, the king of Castile put a betrothal to King Edward I for a marriage between their children, Edward II and Isabel (the former queen of Aragon, who was divorced at age 12 by her much older husband). What if such a...
  17. PC: Was the Enlightenment a "Reaction" to the Wars of the Religion?

    Was reading this earlier, and I was wondering how true the rest of you think it is. Did the Wars of Religion truly cause the anti-clericalism of the Enlightenment?
  18. WI: Jan III Sobieski Dies At/Shortly After Vienna?

    Belated Merry Christmas to everyone. Inspired by this answer of @Jan Olbracht in another thread, I was wondering about the effects of the king of Poland dying either at the battle of Vienna or from injuries sustained there shortly thereafter.
  19. WI: Carl Peter Ulrich is Already Heir to Sweden When Elizabeth Petrovna Becomes Empress?

    OTL, Karl Peter Ulrich of Holstein was chosen as heir to the Russian throne in autumn 1742. The delegation wanting to have him become heir to Sweden arrived a few weeks later (October 1742). As he was already heir to Russia, this was scrapped. So. What if it had been reversed. Say in 1739/1740...
  20. WI: Emperor Ferdinand III Lives Longer?

    Title says it all. OTL, there was a bit of a dispute over whether to elect Leopold I, then underage at 17yo, or Ferdinand's younger brother, Leopold Wilhelm. There was a plan for Leopold Wilhelm to marry the widowed Eleonora Gonzaga the Younger if he had been elected emperor. So, what if...
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