Tuesday, July 28, 2015

History: The Year is 1613

I've uploaded year 1613 to the TSP Wiki...


Here are some one liners...

The Romanovs Take Power. Our Troubles are Over! Right? -- The Russian nobles talk a 16-year-old boy into becoming Czar. It took some talking. He was not an idiot. His dynasty will last until 1917.

Pocahontas Is Lured into Captivity and the English are Lured into Peace -- The English catch Pocahontas and she catches her Englishman and gets married. Peace ensues.

The Globe is Burning -- Shakespeare's Globe Theater catches fire when a cannon misfires during the performance of a play.

The Romanovs Take Power. Our Troubles are Over! Right?

After years of chaos, famine, cannibalism, and the death of the Czar of Russia what else could go wrong? These are the Times of Troubles. After a series of really bad leaders they have won some real battles and kicked out the Poles. Recently, Poland had convinced the people to take a Polish royal as their new Czar, but the Russians insisted that he actually show up in Moscow. He never showed. The great defender of Russia (general winter) kept him away. The nobles have decided to choose a Czar through in indirect succession. Michael Romanov is related to Ivan the Terrible though an uncle... sort of. Even though the legal justification for the succession is a little shaky they ask Michael to be Czar. Michael is 16-years-old but he is not an idiot. He knows what happened to recently failed Czars but they convince him that Russia really needs him. The Romanov dynasty will last until 1917 when Nicholas the 2nd will abdicate and then the Bolsheviks will murder all those who could make a claim for direct succession... and even those who couldn't. [1] [2] [3] [4]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
As you can imagine, the person really running things in Russia was not a 16-year-old boy. The nobles were using Michael as a figurehead, but eventually Michael's father was found in a monastery. He was made the head of the Orthodox Church and took the name of Patriarch Philaret. Philaret was the real power behind the throne... but there was no throne. The Romanovs were boyars which were lesser provincial princes. They were not high nobility so Western European aristocrats didn't want to marry with them at first. In time, the Romanovs married with various German noble families which is really strange since, historically, the Russians and Germans fought some terrible wars against each other. On the other hand, during World War 1, the main language spoken in Westminster Palace was German. The English royal family changed their name to Windsor because their previous name was so obviously German that everyone was getting nervous. [5] [6]

Pocahontas Is Lured into Captivity and the English are Lured into Peace

Jamestown has been fighting with the Powhatan Indians in what will one day be known as the Virginia colony. Pocahontas is now 17 and well known to the people of Jamestown. When Captain Argall hears that she is away visiting relatives, he makes a plan to kidnap her and use her as leverage against her father, the Chief of the Powhatans. The Captain conspires with the local tribe to lure her onto one of his ships. Once she was aboard, they refused to let her go but the other Indians were allowed to leave with some trinkets and a copper pot. She stayed with the English for a year, learning about Christianity, converting and taking the name of Rebecca, a significant name from the Bible. Rebecca was the mother of two nations. Pocahontas is no more. Rebecca will meet her new husband and marry him next year. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Stories about Pocahontas are always a little suspect. After all... there is the tourist trade to maintain. Then there are the movie residuals and plush toy sales. Heck. I'm focusing on her story because she is smack in the middle of what is going to be the 1st successful English colony in North America. But let's look at this situation carefully. She didn't stay on that ship the whole time. She wasn't being held in jail. She knew the countryside like the back of her hand. Are we to believe that within the year that she was held in captivity that she had no opportunity to escape? I'm calling BS. She was there on behalf of her father to work out a peace deal between the Powhatans and Jamestown. They were doing this the old fashioned way... through a bond of blood, marriage and children. She married the man who brought tobacco seed to Virginia and tobacco leaf to England... John Rolfe. The Powhatan plan worked... while the Chief lived, anyway. [12] [13]

The Globe is Burning

During a performance of Henry the 8th, a cannon misfires. The famous Globe Theater catches fire and burns to the ground. According to one account, no one was hurt but one man's pants caught fire. He was put out when someone doused him with ale. The theater will be rebuilt next year. This will be the second time the theater will be rebuilt. The first time was when there was a dispute regarding the land lease. The landlord believed that he would own the theater at the expiration of the lease. The theater owners disagreed so they hired a carpenter, disassembled the theater and reassembled it across the Thames River making it bigger and better. Once the theater is rebuilt it will remain open until 1642 when the Puritans will finally shut it down. [14] [15]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
The general location of the Globe Theater has been known but the exact location of the building was not found until 1989 when part of the foundation of the theater was discovered in a parking lot. The rest of the theater's foundation is located under an existing building so there are no plans for further excavations any time soon. [16]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1613, Wikipedia.

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