1634: The Bavarian Crisis (Ring of Fire)

By Eric Flint, Virginia DeMarce

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The Thirty Years struggle keeps to ravage seventeenth century Europe, yet a brand new strength is collecting strength and impact: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance among Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20 th century led through Mike Stearns who have been hurled centuries into the earlier through a mysterious cosmic twist of fate.

The CPE has the knowledge of twentieth century know-how, yet wishes iron and metal to make the machines. The iron mines of the higher Palatinate have been rendered inoperable through wartime harm, and American knowledge is required immediate to pump them out and get the steel flowing again—a challenge that would turn out extra complex than somebody expects. within the maelstrom that's Europe, even a twentieth century replica of the Encyclopedia Britannica can precipitate a quandary, whilst readers research of the 1640 Portuguese insurrection, a hindrance that may contain Naples besides. one other issue: Albanian exiles in Naples, encouraged by way of the americans, are plotting to get better misplaced Albanian turf, as a way to precipitate another challenge within the Balkans.

This afflicted century was once packed with revolutions and plans for extra revolutions ahead of the american citizens arrived, and gave each would-be innovative an instance of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns could have his arms complete for the reason that it does not boil over directly to Grantville and the CPE.

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Maria Anna frequently spoke Italian herself, through choice. Her German was once fluent however it used to be additionally an Austrian dialect; it had by no means been essential to supply her with formal education within the language. She had realized French and Spanish, of course—those have been in basic terms prudent instruction for the international locations into which she may most likely be married. She had a operating examining wisdom of Latin, yet did not locate it effortless to provide Latin compositions. many of the song used to be instrumental. For the ultimate piece, although, the singers who had offered The Sound of tune yesterday—and who, by way of renowned call for, could current it back on Thursday, on Saturday, and 3 occasions in the course of the following week—returned to the level. the executive of Duchess Claudia's musicians was once explaining the customized of the "national anthem" because it used to be referred to as, and that the dependable, notable, and pious Haydn had composed this kind of "national anthem" for Austria. regrettably, they'd now not but stumbled on a replica of the phrases that have been safely sung to this anthem and it seemed that they may not be on hand. even though, they'd came upon a ranking for "Austria" within which the tune have been used because the atmosphere for a Te Deum written, it seems that, through an Englishman. at the least, the writer used to be one Christopher Idle. the executive descended from the rostrum. The song started. After the introductory measures, the hairs on Archduchess Maria Anna's hands stood up. midway via, the hairs on her head have been attempting to do an identical. For the sheer glory of the object! all through her afternoon eucharistic devotions sooner than the reserved Host, the melody persevered to replay itself in her head. might be a piece guiltily, she guaranteed herself that it was once, finally, a hymn. "I are looking to know," Maria Anna acknowledged firmly to Father Wilhelm Lamormaini, S. J. , her father's confessor. "It is an inexpensive query. " "How are you able to anticipate me to determine? " "There are Jesuits during this Grantville. Write them. Ask them. Do those phrases in English, set to this tune via Haydn, this Te Deum, suggest that during these later days, England were lower back to the fold of the Church? And, if that is so, how? whilst? through whom? via what ability? And, if no longer, why used to be this guy writing a Te Deum in English? utilizing Austrian song? " Father Lamormaini checked out the archduchess really carefully. He understood the political causes that had brought on the emperor to hold up arranging marriages for his daughters. even though . . . Maria Anna was once twenty-five years outdated. by means of this time, she must have lengthy for the reason that been transferred from the authority of a father to that of a husband. She must have been too busy bearing and rearing infants to worry her brain approximately philosophical and political difficulties. yet, having been accepted to arrive maturity and adulthood whereas nonetheless single, she used to be exhibiting an unlucky tendency to imagine for herself and to invite disconcerting questions. warning used to be absolutely the simplest tactic. "In this Grantville itself, as I realize it . . . " Father Lamormaini begun. "Yes? " The undertone used to be impatient. So. accelerate the reaction a bit.

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