WI: Margaret I of England

Is there any chance Ferdinaid would marry Anna of Hungary instead of Isabella of Portugal? Let's say the marriage happened before he was declared Prince of Austrius. I know that means no husband for Isabella but Anna is one of the reasons the Hapsburg didn't die out sooner thanks to all the inbreeding they did.
No way in the hell who Ferdinand (of Austria) is engaged to Anna while he is under the custody of his grandfather Ferdinand. The boy would be available for her ONLY after the death of Ferdinand of Aragon and ONLY if he do not get Spain (in the latter case he will be already engaged to Isabella of Portugal AND King of Aragon and Castile with Catalina or Germaine and Catalina as regents).
PLUS STOP TO SAY WHO THE HABSBURGS WERE IMBREEDED AS THEY WERE NOT. The imbreeding was a tendency of Trastamaras and specially Avis so the line of Charles and Mary Tudor will be safe AND for the one of Ferdinand and Isabella you need to have their children marrying outside the Spain/Portugal circle.
 
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No way in the hell who Ferdinand (of Austria) is engaged to Anna while he is under the custody of his grandfather Ferdinand. The boy would be available for her ONLY after the death of Ferdinand of Aragon and ONLY if he do not get Spain (in the latter case he will be already engaged to Isabella of Portugal AND King of Aragon and Castile with Catalina or Germaine and Catalina as regents).
PLUS STOP TO SAY WHO THE HABSBURGS WERE IMBREEDED AS THEY WERE NOT. The imbreeding was a tendency of Trastamaras and specially Avis so the line of Charles and Mary Tudor will be safe AND for the one of Ferdinand and Isabella you need to have their children marrying outside the Spain/Portugal circle.
When I said the Hapsburgs were inbreed I meant the Hapsburgs of Spain who probably would have died out a lot quicker if not for Anna of Hungry because as I recall from Philip II of Spain to Charles II, there was no breathing room from the Uncle and Niece and the Cousins marriages or at least there was no heirs from the marriages outside their dynasty.
But yes that was not the Hapsburgs tridition as it was the one of the Trastamaras.
 
1511
Thomas Wolsey found himself with a problem. King Henry viewed him as a father figure and was planning on rising him quite high, in fact if Wolsey played his cards right, he might of become Lord Chancellor instead of merely being on the Privy Council. The new monarchs did not have a close relationship with him and while they did not look down at his humble roots, they were both very pious and therefore were not pleased by his acknowledged mistress and bastard. Another thing that separated Queen Margaret and her brother was unlike Henry, Margaret was determined to be involved with the governing of her realm, refusing to leave the reigns of government in his hands.
Perhaps the only thing keeping his place on the privy council was the fact that he was a Canon of Windsor [1], not as high as Bishop Foxe or Archbishop Warham, but high enough that the new monarchs were willing to keep him.

Knowing he could not rely on royal favor, Wolsey began to search for new ways to rise higher in his position, so he made a suggestion of merging the crowns of the British continent together so they could be one kingdom much like the crowns of Castile and Aragon were merged to form Spain. [2]. Although it would take some time for the countries of Britain to get behind the move, the future Cardinal Wolsey is credited with being the one to start the discussion.

In more personal matters, Queen Margaret's relationship with her sister is tested when Mary is discovered in compromising position with Sir Charles Brandon. Although she insists she was only comforting him over the loss of his wife [3], Queen Margaret still decides to send Sir Charles to Calais, officially to become Lord Deputy of Calais. Unofficially to keep him far away from her sister as possible.

Mary is quite distraught and she and her sister engage in a screaming match where Mary swears she will never marry anyone but Charles Brandon to which Margaret responded that is a fool if she would throw away a chance to be the future Holy Roman Empress to be the wife of a knight. King James, freshly returned from business in Scotland, plays mediator between both sisters, gently reminding Margaret how apprehensive she was about marrying him, convinced he was a womanizing brute until they got to know each other and then assuring Mary that they would never force her to marry anyone she didn't want to but also pointing out that her mother, sister and brother were all arranged to be married and they fell in love with their chosen spouses.

The two sisters eventually reconcile and Mary promised to give Archduke Charles a chance. Something she will be glad she does in years to come.

As the year comes to a close, Queen Margaret makes an announcement, in April she shall give birth to her fourth child.[4]

Meanwhile in Spain, Catalina of Aragon has emerged from her almost year-long seclusion in a nunnery, weeping over her shattered dreams to return to her mother's court, where her father has named her regent. Although some are worried that like her sister, grief had turned Catalina mad, the twice widowed Spanish Princess proves to be a capable ruler like her mother and wins the love of her sister's people within weeks. She writes to her father, that she knows what her purpose is now, mantining her mother's legacy. She also writes that when she left England she thought she would never be a mother or a wife again. Now she understands that she married Castile and its' subjects are her children.

Over in France, the Duke of Suffolk enters the French court and is treated like he is already King, with King Louis ordering his subjects to refer to the Duke as Your Majesty, throwing him a lavish party where King Louis assures the Duke that if he can get an army, the French shall the back the true ruler of England. He even suggests a marriage agreement between one of his relatives and Edmund.

The Duke of Suffolk is pleased by the French King's support and when he hears of the suggested Union of Crowns, he is certain that God is showing favor to his enterprise as England and Scotland will never accept such a proposal. Even the news of the Queen's pregnancy does little to damper his mood. He writes to his brother that the False Queen with birth her brat in the Tower of London.

  1. He was made the Dean of Windsor in 1511 OTL but I decided to have him be it a little earlier.
  2. I was discussing this with @VVD0D95 and while I think it would take just as long as it would in OTL, I might shorten the time. Nobody is calling it the United of Kingdom of Britian or Great Britian just yet.
  3. Charles Brandon had two wives before Mary Tudor. One he divorced and the second who died in 1511.
  4. OTL James V, in this TL Henry Stewart.
 
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Interlude II
An excerpt from chapter Eight of The Thistle and the Rose by Jean Plaidy
King James had only just returned from Scotland, fresh from settling a dispute between the Earl of Angus {1] and the Earl of Lennox [2]. He had not expected to be brought into another petty squabble, this time one between his wife and her foolish sister.

"You would give up a chance to be a Holy Roman Empress for a social upstart who only became a knight because our brother was found of him!" Margaret shouted.

"I love him," Mary cried, unshed tears shining in her eyes.

"You only think you love him. You are but a silly little girl, you couldn't possibly know anything about real love," Margaret exclaimed.

"What do you know about real love? You married for duty!" Mary countered, her voice rising. "Well I won't be forced into a marriage with a man I have never met!"

"Then you shame your family for not doing your duty as I did," Margaret shouted.

"And were you not scared, my love? Did you not feel afraid of being in a strange country, married to man over a decade older than you? Did you not look at me as though I was a savage brute who might gobble you up?" James asked gently, giving his wife an encouraging smile as if to assure her that he would not be offended if she said yes.

"I was fifteen and yes, a little nervous but then I got to know you and realized what a noble and loving man you are," Margaret replied, smiling fondly.

James kissed her hand before walking over to Mary, putting his hands on her shoulders. "Of course we would never force you to marry anyone but look at the history of arranged marriages in your family, each one blossomed into love. Your mother and father. Your brother and Katherine of Aragon. Even Margaret and I. Perhaps if you would give Archduke Charles a chance, you might fall in love with him," James suggested. "Will you at least try for us?"

Mary chewed her lip, searching James' earnest expression for a hint of guile. For her, James was a second father, coming into her life so shortly after she had lost both her father and her favorite brother, going out of his way to dote on her as if she was one of his daughters.

She found it wasn't as easy to argue with him as it was her older sister.

"Okay, for you, I'll try."

  1. Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus a.k.a OTL Margaret's second husband.
  2. John Stewart Earl of Lennox, a distant cousin of the King of Scots. Great-Grandfather of OTL King James VI.
 
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1512
(OT: I updated everything else so it seemed only fair).

As it turned out Queen Margaret did not birth her fourth child in the Tower of London but instead in Palace of Richmond. It was a third boy. Queen Margaret decided he would be Prince Henry of Richmond, making him his grandfather's namesake in more ways than one. King James is understandably thrilled that he now has three sons, declaring that God has blessed all of Britain.

In her letter to her fiance, Mary writes of how lucky she is to be a witness to her sister's joy for there has been little to celebrate these past years and now it seems that England is growing stronger by the day. She is certain that not even the dreadful Duke of Suffolk can ruin this most splendid golden age England, Scotland and Wales were in.

King James decides to get to work uniting all four kingdoms and he starts negotiations with Ireland's remaining Chiefs to see what would take to bring them under the ruler ship of Queen Margaret. Although he waits untill Margaret is churched before he heads off to Ireland.

The Duke of Suffolk was pleased that James of Scots is busy with Ireland as that means he will not be interfering with the Yorkist invasion. With his brother at his side, he rallies his army to England, landing on the south coast shores of London. As they marched towards central London, they are greeted by England's army headed by an armor clad Queen Margaret.

That is not the only surprise the Edmund and Richard de la Pole get. Instead of going into formation, the French soldiers instead surrounded the mercenaries the Poles have brought with them.

"King Louis promised you that he would send an army to bring you back to England but he never said he was going to let you win the war," the French general remarked with a toothy grin.

Not one drop of blood was shed that day and the Londeners cheer when Queen Margaret brings the traitorous de la Poles back to London in chains, sending them to the Tower of London, their rebellion over before the day was even out.

Although King James does not mange to get through to the Irish chiefs he and Queen Margaret were pleased to announce the betrothal between the Princess Reene and Prince James of Wales, ending the Hundred Year War for good.

In a short letter to her fiance, Princess Mary notes that it could not be clearer to her that King James and Queen Margaret had plotted this from the beginning, making plans with King Louis even before the French Princess was born. "My sister is a clever woman and my brother is shrewd man. Put them together and all of Europe better watch out for they are a power couple like no other."
 
(OT: I updated everything else so it seemed only fair).

As it turned out Queen Margaret did not birth her fourth child in the Tower of London but instead in Palace of Richmond. It was a third boy. Queen Margaret decided he would be Prince Henry of Richmond, making him his grandfather's namesake in more ways than one. King James is understandably thrilled that he now has three sons, declaring that God has blessed all of Britain.

In her letter to her fiance, Mary writes of how lucky she is to be a witness to her sister's joy for there has been little to celebrate these past years and now it seems that England is growing stronger by the day. She is certain that not even the dreadful Duke of Suffolk can ruin this most splendid golden age England, Scotland and Wales were in.

King James decides to get to work uniting all four kingdoms and he starts negotiations with Ireland's remaining Chiefs to see what would take to bring them under the ruler ship of Queen Margaret. Although he waits untill Margaret is churched before he heads off to Ireland.

The Duke of Suffolk was pleased that James of Scots is busy with Ireland as that means he will not be interfering with the Yorkist invasion. With his brother at his side, he rallies his army to England, landing on the south coast shores of London. As they marched towards central London, they are greeted by England's army headed by an armor clad Queen Margaret.

That is not the only surprise the Edmund and Richard de la Pole get. Instead of going into formation, the French soldiers instead surrounded the mercenaries the Poles have brought with them.

"King Louis promised you that he would send an army to bring you back to England but he never said he was going to let you win the war," the French general remarked with a toothy grin.

Not one drop of blood was shed that day and the Londeners cheer when Queen Margaret brings the traitorous de la Poles back to London in chains, sending them to the Tower of London, their rebellion over before the day was even out.

Although King James does not mange to get through to the Irish chiefs he and Queen Margaret were pleased to announce the betrothal between the Princess Reene and Prince James of Wales, ending the Hundred Year War for good.

In a short letter to her fiance, Princess Mary notes that it could not be clearer to her that King James and Queen Margaret had plotted this from the beginning, making plans with King Louis even before the French Princess was born. "My sister is a clever woman and my brother is shrewd man. Put them together and all of Europe better watch out for they are a power couple like no other."
I am wondering is the Valos dynasty in France will still day out if that my lead to an second hundred years war in the 17th and 18th century I am puncturing an United Kingdom of Britannica vs France.
 
1513
In Spain, Catalina, former Queen of England, works hard to repair the relationship between her sister Juana and her father. It seems that with her sister at her side, Juana's madness subside and she comes out of where she is confined and once again walks among her people. Catalina suggest her father that perhaps Joanna can be co-monarch of Spain with her son Ferdinand. Her father is still weary that Juana's mental faculties are not up to the task of ruling so he makes Catalina promise to never leave her side. Oddly enough, Juana doesn't seem to mind having the one person who actually believes in her at her side at all times.

In France, King Louis is eager to make the Treaty of Perpetual Peace offical [1]. He suggests they meet in Calais next year to do so. Although the marriage betrothal between Prince James and Princess Renee will stand both his and his wife's deaths will prevent the meeting for another five years.

In Burgundy, Princess Mary Tudor arrives to meet her future husband, Archduke Charles. Although Mary is four years older than him, the thirteen-year-old is instantly smitten, stating that her portrait does not do justice to her beauty. It is a good start to a happy and fruitful marriage. As for Emperor Maximilian, he arranges a betrothal between Louis of Hungary and Bohemia and his granddaughter Maria. As for Anna of Hungary and Bohemia, there is some debate on who the young girl should marry. In order to mantian the alliance as Louis is not so healthy, Maximilian finally decides that he will marry the girl himself despite their age difference.

In England, Scotland, and Wales, Queen Margaret and King James are quite pleased with themselves, having secured a dynastic match with France and the Holy Roman Empire. They are now searching for brides and husbands for their young sons and daughters. James suggests that perhaps the remaining lord of Ireland would be willing to come under their rule if they offered their daughter or one of their sons for a marriage. Margaret recalls Thomas Boleyn from France and sends him to Ireland to search for a suitable Irish bride for Arthur or Irish husband for Princess Dorothea [2]. In other news, the Duke of Suffolk and his brothers are tried and executed for treason, ending the Yorkiest claims.

  1. Yes, the one King Francis and King Henry tried to make in 1520 in OTL
  2. Not mentioned, but Princess Dorothea was born in May 1513. In OTL Margaret did actually having a daughter named Dorthea with her third husband.
 
1514
In England, Queen Margaret and King James are pleased to welcome their four son Prince Alexander. King James declares it a blessing from God as he had given Britain four princes, for each corner of their parents' kingdom. This causes King James to become even more determined to have a united kingdom and he sends a letter to the new Pope Leo, requesting for he and Margaret to be recognized as the King and Queen of Ireland. Something that irks the Irish Lords. King James issues an ultimatum, either submit the their authority or he will take it by force. Although James is not a violent man by nature, he is now convinced that his son will become King of a United Britain and he is determined to see it through.

For her part, Queen Margaret summons her council to discuss an official union of the crowns. The Duke of Norfolk notes that there is still much animosity between Scotland and England. Four years had not been nearly long enough to wipe away centuries of feuds. Margaret understands, however she still wishes to introduce the idea, allowing the Scots and the English to consider it.

In Spain, Catalina and Juana travel to Portugal to reunite with their sister Maria and discuss plans for a marriage between Infante Ferdinando and Infanta Isabel of Portugal. Maria is bit hesitant as she knows her older nephew Carlos might press his claim to the Spanish thrones and she does not want her elder daughter to married to a second son. Catalina assures Maria that they along with their father have stubbornly resisted the efforts of young Charles to convince his grandfather to name him as heir and that Ferdinaind the Younger will be King of Spain as a joint monarch with his mother.

In France, Anne of Brittany dies, leaving King Louis without a wife or a male heir. He is desprete for a new, young and fertile wife. Unfortunately there are few women of suitable age and in the time it takes to look for one, the old monarch's health is growing worse by the day. By the end of the year, nobles of the French court are flocking to young Francois, the next King of France.
 
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