Miscellaneous <1900 (Alternate) History Thread

Could you recommend any books on the House of Tudor? Something for a total beginner?
You could start by reading a few online articles, such as the ones by the Encyclopaedia Britannica (https://www.britannica.com/topic/House-of-Tudor). Otherwise a search on Amazon or Goodreads for 'History of the Tudors' will throw up a few books which you could either buy or try to find at a library.

I would say, however, that if you are just beginning, then don't get fixated on just one dynasty or period. You would be better served to read something with a wider viewpoint, so that you then know how that dynasty/period fits in to the overall history. Norman Davies' books Europe: A History and The Isles: A History are good books on Europe and the British Isles respectively; alternatively you could try the Oxford History of Britain or Simon Schama's A History of Britain (I found these to be more histories of England with occasional references to other parts of Britain, but that might be what you want).
 
How long would a sailing ship sailing from London (say 1100's in April) take to reach a) the faroe isles and b) Iceland?
 
How long would a sailing ship sailing from London (say 1100's in April) take to reach a) the faroe isles and b) Iceland?
Probably about six to eight weeks to the Faroes and maybe another two to three to Iceland.
That's assuming the ship is of a design similar to the ones used by the Danes and Norse at the time (the 'Vikings'). For comparison, the replica longship 'Sea Stallion of Glendalough' made the trip from Roskilde (Denmark) to Dublin (Ireland) in just over six weeks in 2007. (Links: BBC story, Viking Ship Museum document, Blog post about sailing on her.)
However, it would depend greatly on the winds - unfavourable winds could add weeks to the journey (basically trapping the ship in harbour waiting for the wind to change, assuming they weren't in the middle of the ocean and caught by a storm) - whilst favourable winds might shave a week or even more off it. The advantage of a trip up the east coast of Britain then across mostly open ocean is that tides won't have as much of an effect - the only really bad tidal section will be around the Orkneys.
 
I am curious if anyone know of any books/material about the Netherlands post Napoleon and about the Belgian revolution.
Not an area of my so-called expertise, but this one looks interesting if you can find it

 
Not an area of my so-called expertise, but this one looks interesting if you can find it

Nice thank you! If anyone else has any more the recommendation would be appreciated
 
When prince Afonzo of Portugal died, the dowry of Isabella of "Spain" was returned to the catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella. I believe by 1491.

If Afonzo lives, how would spanish finances be affected? Would the reconquist take longer? Obviously Columbus leaves empty handed,
Can someone poke one of our lusophones? Really interested
 
WI: Muslim victory at Poitiers?
Not much tbh. The Umayyads were already overextended and couldn't have advanced much further in the west. Really, the end to Muslim expansion in Europe came during the Siege of Constantinople in 717. If you just want a Muslim Europe wank, I'd recommend having the Franks collapse into infighting, the Abbasids manage to secure Iberia and the rest of the Umayyad Empire after their revolt and the Byzantines be crippled by civil wars/the Bulgarians. There'll be much less direct conquest but more gradual assimilation.

P.S. Papal power should also never recover from its low under the pornocracy. Try having the North Africans succeed in turning Italy into a new Spain, that should help.
 
What if Alexander was assassinated before freeing the serfs?

Alexander was carried by sleigh to the Winter Palace[53] to his study where almost the same day twenty years earlier, he had signed the Emancipation Edict freeing the serfs.

Perhaps here: On the evening of 5 February 1880 Stephan Khalturin, also from Narodnaya Volya, set off a timed charge under the dining room of the Winter Palace, right in the resting room of the guards a story below, killing 11 people and wounding 30 others.[53] The New York Times (4 March 1880) reported "the dynamite used was enclosed in an iron box, and exploded by a system of clockwork used by the man Thomas in Bremen some years ago."[54]
 
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