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  1. Old1812

    Yorkist TL - Planning Thread

    For a while now, I've been working on a pretty standard Yorkist TL. The PODs are pretty small: Mary of Burgundy doesn't die in a riding accident. James III is killed by the pro-Albany lords, James IV and his retainers are forced into exile, allowing the Duke of Albany to become king. Butterflies...
  2. How could the Northern Italy city-states remain powerful post-Renaissance

    At the end of the Middle Age, Genoa, Firenze and Venice were powerful city states that had a vast economic and cultural influence over the rest of Europe, Venice controlled a large part of the trade in the Mediterrannean, so did Genoa, along with strong financial ties with Spain in its early...
  3. WI: Mary Tudor, Duchess of Milan

    Apparently Ludovico 'il Moro' tried to secure English involvement in the Italian Wars by pitching an engagement between his son and Mary Tudor (the elder). Henry VII wasn't having it and turned it down. So, let's suspend credulity for the moment, and say that Henry VII/VIII agress to marrying...
  4. the Muslim Conquest of Rome and the Aftermath in Europe?

    PLEASE NOTE BEFORE READING: I've already done extensive research into how these events leading up to the conquest of Rome would have occurred. It has nothing to do with bias toward Muslims, nor Christians, but based on some very peculiar situations many countries were finding themselves in...
  5. What Happens After England Sends Columbus to the Americas ?

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  6. No Italian wars

    What if the king of France Charles VIII had never invaded itaIy in 1494, kick-starting the Italian wars? His plan was to take southern Italy and use it to start a crusade against the ottomans, but how would the history of Europe change without this series of wars during the 16th century? And...
  7. Milites

    To be a Fox and a Lion - A Different Nordic Renaissance
    Threadmarks: Introduction

    Winner of the 2020 Turtledoves for Best Early Modern Timeline Introduction "A prince being thus obliged to know well how to act as a beast must imitate the fox and the lion, for the lion cannot protect himself from snares, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be...
  8. Miranda Brawner

    Race and Racism in Alternate Timelines

    Hi everyone. I know that race and racism in alternate timelines is a difficult topic to discuss, but I think it's one that's worth exploring, and I think this board is mature enough to handle it. So, I was reading over this Wikipedia page that gives a brief overview on how concepts of race used...
  9. WI: Lines of Valois, ~Orléans, ~Burgundy and ~Anjou Last an Extra Century

    The first of the cadet branches of the title to go was the Burgundian branch of the Valois with the death of Charles the Bold (he left no son, so the line died with his daughter). The next to go was Valois-Anjou, in the person of the Comte du Maine. The hopes of the Angevins had reposed...
  10. Empress Isabella's miracle

    Isabella of Portugal b 1503, Holy Roman Empress and queen of Spain died in 1539 at the age of 36. If the empress were to survive until somewhere around 1555 or so what would be the consequences for the future? I just really like her as a person and queen and it's a interesting subject to explore.
  11. AHC: Spanish Ireland

    The AHC if you choose to accept it is with a POD in 1491, make Ireland a possession of the Kingdom of Spain or a separate portion of the Spanish Empire. What would be the effects of this rule and how would the Irish people adapt to an even more distant rule than that of England? Preferably this...
  12. Industrial Progress: A Story Of Venetian Suffrage (Haitus)
    Threadmarks: Summary

    Summary: The story of Venetian suffrage as the Patricians of Venice blunders unintentionally toward equality and industry. This TL is written so that no background knowledge is required to enjoy the TL. Q&A in the post below. The focus is on social change in the aristocratic police state that is...
  13. galileo-034

    AHC : Create a Scientocratic state from medieval universities

    I remember having read that universities once had parliamentary representation in the UK (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_constituency). Would it be possible to have, at the example of clerical states within HRE, to see some 'scientocratic' states emerging out of universities, and at...
  14. Visconti Victorious: Medieval Italian Unification
    Threadmarks: The Visconti Victorious

    The Visconti Victorious Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti, b. 1351 In August 1402 the armies of Milan stood at the gates of Florence. For the past twenty years the brilliant lord Gian Galeazzo Visconti had amassed a powerful array of territory in Northern Italy- bequeathed the city of Pavia at...
  15. Would it have been anachronistic to refer to the victory of mind over strength in the 14th century?

    János Arany, 19th century Hungarian poet wrote a trilogy of epic poems about the 14th century Hungarian knight, Miklós Toldi. The last part of the trilogy, Toldi Estéje "Toldi's Night" takes place at the very end of the 14th century, the titular character is an old man, months before his death...
  16. Joshuapooleanox

    Cesare Borgia: A Restored Rome Timeline
    Threadmarks: Cesare Borgia: A Restored Rome Timeline

    Cesare Borgia: A Restored Rome Timeline Act 1 Cesare Borgia Part 1: The Young Prince ‘While you are the mighty representative of God on Earth, after your passing there will be no glory, no hope for our house, for land determines glory in this age of might makes right.' Cesare Borgia, 1491...
  17. WI: Cesare Borgia hired Machiavelli?

    What if Machiavelli worked directly for Cesare Borgia as a strategist? How would this change Cesare Borgia's fate, and ambitions over Italy? What is the maximum Cesare Borgia could accomplish with Machiavelli's tactics, or would it change anything at all?
  18. Joshuapooleanox

    Reborn Roman Empire/Republic

    This is probably either ASB or laughable, but I did want to see what people thought. What if, due to the annoyance at the failure of the Italian government (WW1,WW2, failure at unity until 1861 (take your pick of POD)) a charismatic leader ended up trying to form a new Roman Republic/Empire in...
  19. Effects of a Byzantine Survival.

    Easy, assume the Ottomans are crushed fully by Timur and Anatolia remains a mess of Anatolian beyliks and Greek citizens. Byzantium does not recover these areas and instead remains a rump state for the time being. What would be the effect of a survived Byzantium upon Christian Europe...
  20. Augenis

    WI: Renaissance Nationalism

    So this might be borderline ASB, but still a scenario worth discussing in my opinion. During the Renaissance, there were numerous instances of major thinkers slowly, but visibly developing the idea of nation-states and a national identity - not much compared to the 19th century, but certainly...
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