1634: The Bavarian Crisis
The CPE has the ...more
Now it is 1634 and there is a Crisis in Bavaria (hence, the current title).
If you aren't familiar with this series, it has a number of unusual characteristics. Quite notably, there are now about four books that take place in 1634. And there is a book that takes place in 1635. To keep fans on their toes, that book came out BEFORE the last two books that take place in 1634.
The intricacies of Habsburg family relations make surprisingly fascinating reading in the latest episode in Flint's saga of a 20th-century West Virginia town transported mysteriously to 17th-century Europe. The recently widowed Duke Maximilian of Bavaria reluctantly assents to a dynastic marriage with his niece, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, but her recent reading of an uptime encyclopedia and the American Constitution leads her to consider other, previously
This book seemed at first to be almost a historical lecture - which I liked, the history is fascinating. Then the action got complicated. Very little of the book took place in Grantville, nor even needed Grantville to make it work.
It was heavy into religious issues of the time and place, along with political issues. It did mention Unitarianism for a moment, but I'm interested that I don't recall so far in the series - ever ...more
A firm interest in European history is a good base though nobody will be prepared for everything in this universe.
This book is a lot about the collision of catholicism and protestantism, illustrated by the conflicts surrounding Bavaria, though happening all the way between Amsterdam and Vienna, with a sprinkle of Basel.
If you aren't a history nut -- there's a lot of detail you can skim past -- but the info dumps are on such varied legal, logistical & ethical issue from back then -- you find something that catches your interest (or indignation) and you WILL appreciate being given the information.
Still can't believe that deserter showed up again, didn't die & had the presumption to call himself not cruel on purpose. >< Very "I was following orders" and then some.
I am still intrigued by this whole series and look forward to the rest.
There's not much progression to the ...more
This is the 6th book in the series (1632 Universe/ Asti Shards). The story starts of slowly and quickly becomes bogged down in details that only a historian would love. Details are not bad when they help set the mood, the setting, the plot, etc. But, when they do nothing to further the story, they hinder the story. The story jumps from place to place from this person to that one in an attempt cover multiple parts of the story happening about the same time. Some times this works well ...more
It's not many authors that can combine a Hapsburg Archduchess and screwball comedy.
Maria Anna is sent off to marry her ...more
It does finally get going and get exciting. It is more a book about characters than clash of arms. In fact I don't think there are any battles larger than a skirmish in this ...more
The plot, such as it is, is a mash of events taking place in southern Germany and Bavaria. There are just to many things going on. We have a dynastic marriage, plans to revitalize the iron mining industry in the Upper Palatinate, shady business dealings, a plague, ...more
While a work of fiction, the authors have done a great job of describing the complex politics of 17th century Europe, in a book that is hard to put down. While it is not a story that stands on it's own, anyone who is already familiar with the characters and situation in this alternate universe will enjoy it. Reading the Baltic War first is a must, and the Gallileo Affair is very helpful.
Can't wait to start into 1635, although I have other books to read, first.
Keep 'em coming!