History Literature / LestDarknessFall

17th Aug '17 6:39:25 PM Kalaong
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* HappilyEverAfter: Padway learns that the outcome of his half-century of work is an ultra-advanced civilization arising in the tenth century AD (the lowest depths of DarkAgeEurope in his original timeline). Better still, he is free of the aches and pains of old age-his rescuers have [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture a cure for that]], and the story ends with Padway joyfully anticipating a new life of studying and discussing the new timeline's history.

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* HappilyEverAfter: Padway learns that the outcome of his half-century of work is an ultra-advanced civilization arising in the tenth century AD (the lowest depths of DarkAgeEurope in his original timeline). Better still, he is free of the aches and pains of old age-his age -- his rescuers have [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture a cure for that]], and the story ends with Padway joyfully anticipating a new life of studying and discussing the new timeline's history.
17th Aug '17 10:32:55 AM SteveMB
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* TheExile: Belisarius. After he is captured during the first Byzantine invasion of Italy, he [[HonorBeforeReason refuses to accept parole]]. When Justinian is informed of this, he sends an angry reply dismissing the general and telling him to join the enemy (just as Padway expected from his knowledge of the emperor's jealousy and suspicion).

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* TheExile: Belisarius. After he is captured during the first Byzantine invasion of Italy, he [[HonorBeforeReason refuses to accept parole]]. When Justinian is informed of this, he sends an angry reply dismissing the general and telling him to join the enemy (just ([[BatmanGambit just as Padway expected expected]] from his knowledge of the emperor's jealousy and suspicion).
24th Feb '17 9:20:06 AM Spindriver
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23rd Feb '17 3:06:50 PM Spindriver
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* GivingRadioToTheRomans:
** Padway tries to introduce quite a few innovations, with varying degrees of success. Arabic numerals and double-entry bookkeeping are readily adopted; on the other hand, as of the end of the novel he still hasn't managed to produce gunpowder weapons or a working mechanical clock.

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* GivingRadioToTheRomans:
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GivingRadioToTheRomans: Padway tries to introduce quite a few innovations, with varying degrees of success. Arabic numerals and double-entry bookkeeping are readily adopted; on the other hand, as of the end of the novel he still hasn't managed to produce gunpowder weapons or a working mechanical clock.success:


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** Arabic numerals and double-entry bookkeeping are readily adopted.
** On the other hand, as of the end of the novel he still hasn't managed to produce gunpowder weapons or a working mechanical clock.
23rd Feb '17 2:56:26 PM Spindriver
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* AlternateHistory

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* AlternateHistoryAlternateHistory: That being what Martin creates.



* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Notable in that one of the first and most important inventions he introduces is brandy. In itself, useless. For making money and building a place in society, invaluable.
** Padway tried to introduce quite a few innovations, with varying degrees of success. Arabic numerals and double-entry bookkeeping are readily adopted; on the other hand, as of the end of the novel he still hasn't managed to produce gunpowder weapons or a working mechanical clock.

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* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Notable in that GivingRadioToTheRomans:
** Padway tries to introduce quite a few innovations, with varying degrees of success. Arabic numerals and double-entry bookkeeping are readily adopted; on the other hand, as of the end of the novel he still hasn't managed to produce gunpowder weapons or a working mechanical clock.
** Notably,
one of the first and most important inventions he introduces is brandy. In itself, useless. For making money and building a place in society, invaluable.
** Padway tried to introduce quite a few innovations, with varying degrees of success. Arabic numerals and double-entry bookkeeping are readily adopted; on the other hand, as of the end of the novel he still hasn't managed to produce gunpowder weapons or a working mechanical clock.
invaluable.



* RescueRomance: After Padway rescues Mathaswentha from a [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe forced marriage]], the two are attracted to each other until he realizes just how [[ValuesDissonance ruthless she is by his standards]]. He manages to extricate himself without [[WomanScorned incurring her wrath]] by setting her up with Urias instead.
* {{Sequel}}
** S. M. Stirling wrote one called "The Apotheosis of Martin Padway," where time travelers go back to 585 AD-about half a century after the events of the novel-to see the Great Man who restored the Western Roman Empire.

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* RescueRomance: After Padway rescues Mathaswentha from a [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe forced marriage]], the two are attracted to each other -- until he realizes just how [[ValuesDissonance ruthless she is by his standards]]. He manages to extricate himself without [[WomanScorned incurring her wrath]] by setting her up with Urias instead.
* {{Sequel}}
{{Sequel}}:
** S. M. Stirling wrote one called "The Apotheosis of Martin Padway," where wherein time travelers go back to 585 AD-about AD -- about half a century after the events of the novel-to novel -- to see the Great Man who restored the Western Roman Empire.
23rd Feb '17 7:11:51 AM Kalaong
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* WhatYearIsThis: Martin tries to ask people the date in his shaky Latin, and at first gets the year in the old Roman calendar, then has to ask how many years since Christ was born to get the proper year (which turns out to be 533 AD).

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* WhatYearIsThis: Martin tries to ask people the date in his shaky Latin, and at first gets the year in the old Roman calendar, then has to ask how many years since Christ was born to get the proper year (which turns out to be 533 535 AD).



* LaserGuidedKarma: Martin Padway's "Fifty years of politics and administration and warfare and engineering... None of them his chosen profession, just the things he had to do to survive and keep the darkness from falling..." accelerate the timeline's development to the point where it could send time travelers to rescue what history remembers as a saint of science and tolerance.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Martin Padway's "Fifty years of politics and administration and warfare and engineering... engineering. None of them his chosen profession, just the things he had to do to survive and keep the darkness from falling...falling." accelerate the timeline's development to the point where it could send time travelers to rescue what history remembers as a saint of science and tolerance.



* StableTimeLoop: Not from Martin's home time period, but the new timeline records that "Martinus of Padua" did not die, but "[[GodGuise ascended to heaven in a beam of light]]"... because time travelers rescue him from a screaming mob with a glowing antigravity beam.

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* StableTimeLoop: Not from Martin's home time period, but the new timeline records that "Martinus of Padua" Paduei" did not die, but "[[GodGuise ascended to heaven in a beam of light]]"... because time travelers rescue him from a screaming mob with a glowing antigravity beam.


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* WhatYearIsThis: An [[DoWeHaveThisOne odd]] case. Martin instantly recognizes his rescuers him as time travelers, which makes them joyous at first, believing his instant comprehension to be proof he is a superior individual, and they eagerly tell him they are from four centuries in the future. Then...
-->"Four centuries in [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble which future]]? Gothic Rome or my original twentieth? Twentieth century AD."\\
''(StunnedSilence)''\\
"You mean you didn't ''know?''"
15th Feb '15 10:44:56 AM Kalaong
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Martin Padway's "Fifty years of politics and administration and warfare and engineering... None of them his chosen profession, just the things he had to do to survive and keep the darkness from falling..." ultimately result in him being canonized as a saint of science and tolerance, which accelerates the timeline's development to the point where it could send time travelers after him.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Martin Padway's "Fifty years of politics and administration and warfare and engineering... None of them his chosen profession, just the things he had to do to survive and keep the darkness from falling..." ultimately result in him being canonized as a saint of science and tolerance, which accelerates accelerate the timeline's development to the point where it could send time travelers after him.to rescue what history remembers as a saint of science and tolerance.
7th Dec '14 7:22:46 PM Fireblood
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* ChangedMyJumper - Martin's wearing a light wool suit, necktie, modern shoes and hat when he arrives. No one seems to particularly notice. He switches to local clothing not long after, but insisting on having his tunics modified to include pockets.

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* ChangedMyJumper - ChangedMyJumper: Martin's wearing a light wool suit, necktie, modern shoes and hat when he arrives. No one seems to particularly notice. He switches to local clothing not long after, but insisting insists on having his tunics modified to include pockets.



* GivingRadioToTheRomans - Notable in that one of the first and most important inventions he introduces is brandy. In itself, useless. For making money and building a place in society, invaluable.

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* GivingRadioToTheRomans - GivingRadioToTheRomans: Notable in that one of the first and most important inventions he introduces is brandy. In itself, useless. For making money and building a place in society, invaluable.



* OneManIndustrialRevolution - Distilleries, the telegraph, the printing press, the telescope...

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* OneManIndustrialRevolution - OneManIndustrialRevolution: Distilleries, the telegraph, the printing press, the telescope...



** S. M. Stirling wrote one called "The Apotheosis of Martin Padway," where time travelers go back to 585 AD -- about half a century after the events of the novel -- to see the Great Man who restored the Western Roman Empire.

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** S. M. Stirling wrote one called "The Apotheosis of Martin Padway," where time travelers go back to 585 AD -- about AD-about half a century after the events of the novel -- to novel-to see the Great Man who restored the Western Roman Empire.



* WhatYearIsThis - Martin tries to ask people the date in his shaky Latin, and at first gets the year in the old Roman calendar, then has to ask how many years since Christ was born to get the proper year (which turns out to be 533 AD).

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* WhatYearIsThis - WhatYearIsThis: Martin tries to ask people the date in his shaky Latin, and at first gets the year in the old Roman calendar, then has to ask how many years since Christ was born to get the proper year (which turns out to be 533 AD).



* HappilyEverAfter: Padway learns that the outcome of his half-century of work is an ultra-advanced civilization arising in the tenth century AD (the lowest depths of DarkAgeEurope in his original timeline). Better still, he is free of the aches and pains of old age -- his rescuers have [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture a cure for that]], and the story ends with Padway joyfully anticipating a new life of studying and discussing the new timeline's history.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Martin Padway's, "Fifty years of politics and administration and warfare and engineering... None of them his chosen profession, just the things he had to do to survive and keep the darkness from falling..." ultimately result in him being canonized as a saint of science and tolerance, which accelerates the timeline's development to the point where it could send time travelers after him.
* PowderKegCrowd: The events of the story are driven by an outbreak of rioting -- an economic recession has put the populace on edge, a football defeat provided the spark, and Justinian's agents are taking advantage of the opportunity to cause trouble.

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* HappilyEverAfter: Padway learns that the outcome of his half-century of work is an ultra-advanced civilization arising in the tenth century AD (the lowest depths of DarkAgeEurope in his original timeline). Better still, he is free of the aches and pains of old age -- his age-his rescuers have [[WeWillHavePerfectHealthInTheFuture a cure for that]], and the story ends with Padway joyfully anticipating a new life of studying and discussing the new timeline's history.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Martin Padway's, Padway's "Fifty years of politics and administration and warfare and engineering... None of them his chosen profession, just the things he had to do to survive and keep the darkness from falling..." ultimately result in him being canonized as a saint of science and tolerance, which accelerates the timeline's development to the point where it could send time travelers after him.
* PowderKegCrowd: The events of the story are driven by an outbreak of rioting -- an rioting-an economic recession has put the populace on edge, a football defeat provided the spark, and Justinian's agents are taking advantage of the opportunity to cause trouble.
2nd Oct '13 7:25:24 PM SteveMB
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* UngratefulBastard: Thanks to Padway's medical innovations, Justinian is still alive half a century after the events of the novel[[note]]In real-world history, he died in 565 AD[[/note]]. So is his grudge and determination to settle the score.

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* UngratefulBastard: Thanks to Padway's medical innovations, Justinian is still alive half a century after the events of the novel[[note]]In real-world history, he died in 565 AD[[/note]].AD, twenty years before the time of the story[[/note]]. So is his grudge and determination to settle the score.
12th Sep '13 8:16:29 AM Kalaong
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* GodGuise: When time travelers (from the tenth century AD in the timeline created by Padway's actions) rescue him from a hostile mob, his ascension in a beam of light is taken as proof that he was a saint.

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* GodGuise: When time travelers (from the tenth century AD in the timeline created by Padway's actions) rescue him from a hostile mob, his ascension in a beam of light is taken as proof that he was a saint. [[StableTimeLoop Which is what their history recorded.]]


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* LaserGuidedKarma: Martin Padway's, "Fifty years of politics and administration and warfare and engineering... None of them his chosen profession, just the things he had to do to survive and keep the darkness from falling..." ultimately result in him being canonized as a saint of science and tolerance, which accelerates the timeline's development to the point where it could send time travelers after him.


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* StableTimeLoop: Not from Martin's home time period, but the new timeline records that "Martinus of Padua" did not die, but "[[GodGuise ascended to heaven in a beam of light]]"... because time travelers rescue him from a screaming mob with a glowing antigravity beam.
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