History Literature / SixteenThirtyTwo

19th Jul '16 4:19:33 PM RoseAndHeather
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* InsistentTerminology: Anne Cathrine of Denmark is a king's daughter. Not princess. ''King's daughter''.[[note]]This is actually SeriousBusiness for the times; King Christian's marriage to Anne Cathrine's mother, Kirsten Munk, was morganatic, meaning that any children by her were not in the line of succession; morganatic marriages were usually contracted between a royal and someone of considerably lower rank. Anne Christiane is thus the king's legitimate daughter, but is ''not'' a princess.[[/note]]

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* InsistentTerminology: Anne Cathrine of Denmark is a king's daughter. Not princess. ''King's daughter''.[[note]]This is actually SeriousBusiness for the times; King Christian's marriage to Anne Cathrine's mother, Kirsten Munk, was morganatic, meaning that any children by her were not in the line of succession; morganatic marriages were usually contracted between a royal and someone of considerably lower rank. Anne Christiane Cathrine is thus the king's legitimate daughter, but is ''not'' a princess.[[/note]]
28th Jun '16 6:03:49 PM Teakay
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* KangarooCourt: After [[spoiler:Maria Anna]] flees, an enraged Maximilian of Bavaria has the remainder of her entourage and a good chunk of his own council judicially murdered.

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* KangarooCourt: After [[spoiler:Maria Anna]] flees, an enraged Maximilian of Bavaria has the remainder of her entourage and a good chunk of his own council judicially murdered. Especially outrageous since the people [[spoiler:Maria Anna]] left behind were the ones she ''didn't'' trust with her plans.
13th Jun '16 3:37:44 PM Tir
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** ''Ring of Fire IV''
10th Jun '16 11:40:24 AM tromag
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* KansasCityShuffle: In the first book, Richelieu's major plot involves sending an army against Suhl, while having his allies attack Eisenach. He knows, full well, that both attacks will probably fail, but the Americans will send all their forces to repel both attacks, leaving Grantville itself undefended. That leaves him a clear field to send [[The Horde a couple of thousand Croat mercenaries]] to lay waste to the town (or at least kill enough people to scare away the most prominent citizens).

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* KansasCityShuffle: In the first book, Richelieu's major plot involves sending an army against Suhl, while having his allies attack Eisenach. He knows, full well, that both attacks will probably fail, but the Americans will send all their forces to repel both attacks, leaving Grantville itself undefended. That leaves him a clear field to send [[The Horde [[TheHorde a couple of thousand Croat mercenaries]] to lay waste to the town (or at least kill enough people to scare away the most prominent citizens).
9th Jun '16 9:11:54 AM tromag
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: While Flint's general contempt for both aristocracy and royalty are very clear, there are several royal characters who are both active in the story and clearly heroic. The most obvious example is Gustav, though his daughter Kristina and Prince Ulrik of Denmark become as prominent over time.
-->"His name was Gustavus Adolphus, and there were those among his followers who thought him the only monarch in Europe worthy of the name. They were right, and the man was about to prove it. For one of the few times in human, royalty was not a lie."
8th Jun '16 7:07:51 AM tromag
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* KansasCityShuffle: In the first book, Richelieu's major plot involves sending an army against Suhl, while having his allies attack Eisenach. He knows, full well, that both attacks will probably fail, but the Americans will send all their forces to repel both attacks, leaving Grantville itself undefended. That leaves him a clear field to send [[The Horde a couple of thousand Croat mercenaries]] to lay waste to the town (or at least kill enough people to scare away the most prominent citizens).
8th Jun '16 6:49:17 AM tromag
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** Their vigilante behavior extends even to beating people who (after being warned) persist in violating the new standards of hygiene and waste disposal. Many uptimers are appalled by this, but downtimers point out that the very real danger of plagues makes these extreme tactics more understandable.



* TheWomenAreSafeWithUs: The debut of Grantville in the seventeenth century involves filling rapist soldiers with lead. Of the buckshot variety.

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* TheWomenAreSafeWithUs: The debut of Grantville in the seventeenth century involves filling rapist soldiers with lead. Of the buckshot variety. When offering surrender to enemy armies, they specifically assure them that their women won't be touched (that hardly being standard practice at the time).
7th Jun '16 7:32:34 AM tromag
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* CooperationGambit: One of the main strategies adopted by Mike Stearns. The time-displaced Americans, for example, teach everyone they meet (friends, opponents, or enemies) how to make the antibiotic chloramphenicol[[note]]which is brutally nasty, but also brutally ''effective''[[/note]]. They know that any major production will require them to educate their workforce, and thus let in more radical ideas. Stearns also directly advises his political rival Wilhelm Wettin in how to build an effective political party that could rival his own.

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* CooperationGambit: One of the main strategies adopted by Mike Stearns. The time-displaced Americans, for example, teach everyone they meet (friends, opponents, or enemies) how to make the antibiotic chloramphenicol[[note]]which is brutally nasty, but also brutally ''effective''[[/note]]. They know that any major production This has several benefits: it limits the spread of plagues throughout Europe, benefitting everyone. Moreover, it encourages the development of a pharmaceutical industry, which requires an educated workforce (which will require them to educate their workforce, and thus let in be more susceptible to radical ideas. politics), and stimulates associated industries (like lab equipment and stainless steel) which the Americans need. Their enemies recognize this strategy, but also realize that the antibiotics are too valuable to pass up.
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Stearns also directly advises his political rival Wilhelm Wettin in how to build an effective political party that could rival his own.own. He knows full well that a strong opposition party is necessary for a real democracy, and wants an opponent he knows is honest and honorable.
7th Jun '16 6:56:02 AM tromag
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* BornInTheWrongCentury: How well many of the uptimers adapt to the past is a recurring theme, but the best example is probably Harry Lefferts. He finds the rough and tumble 17th century far more to his liking than the more orderly and civilized 20th, and finds his skills at fighting, scheming and carousing to be far more valuable in his new setting.
27th May '16 11:16:48 AM tromag
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* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Averted early on, then justified. When Grantville first arrives in the past, everyone they run into are either anonymous peasants or random soldiers. As they begin to have an increasing effect on the world, though, they attract the attention of every major political and military figure, and many prominent people in art and culture. As a result, virtually every recognizeable name from the era appears in the series at some point.

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* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Averted early on, then justified. When Grantville first arrives in the past, everyone they run into are either anonymous don't encounter any historical figures (mostly random peasants or random soldiers.and soldiers). As they begin to have an increasing effect on the world, though, they attract the attention of every major political and military figure, and many prominent people in art and culture. As a result, virtually every recognizeable name from the era appears in the series at some point.
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