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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2018 11:31 a.m. PST

"Hello all. This will be my new timeline. After returning to the site and in the process of wrapping up Disaster at Leuthen I will now be beginning a new journey. One where we will revisit the chaos and opportunities of early Reformation Europe. We shall begin with that age old question of alternative history: what if Catherine of Aragon had had a surviving son? I shall as always try to remain in the realm of plausibility but may look to push and experiment more than I have previously. Things to look forward to are a very different Britain, a new balance of power in Eastern and Central Europe, religious and political struggles from the Irish Sea to the Bay of Bengal.

This will be a top-down style of timeline, written in the same manner and format as Disaster at Leuthen was. And I may indulge in a fair bit of artistic license. Months of research, planning and writing have already been done and a fair plan has been worked out for the next century. After that we shall find out together. We will begin by addressing the small changes in England and the surrounding states. But then in the next few years the butterflies will flap their wings and then we shall see Europe face its new destiny come what may.

The POD will be Catherine's rumored pregnancy of 1517. It is likely this ended OTL in miscarriage which in turn accelerated the souring of her marriage to King Henry and and his desire for annulment and a new wife. And we all know where that ended…"
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charared Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2018 5:09 p.m. PST


Bill N14 Feb 2018 9:24 p.m. PST

Having a live born child isn't a guarantee of the child surviving into adulthood, and then surviving his parents. Six wives and who knows how many mistresses yet Henry only had two legitimate relatively healthy daughters, one legitimate sickly son and one acknowledged illegitimate son who survived early childhood. IIRC Catherine had live births in addition to Mary, and both Catherine and Anne had miscarriages. It could be just bad luck or the poor 16th century medical care, but there could also have been genetic or other factors at work.

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