Our new season is now open: Spring 1677 !
This is a very brief summary of our plot developments since June 2006 when we were established. Please follow the links for more in-depth details if you want to read more. You do not need to read these or know these details, but they are there for your information as you move further into the game.
The Story So Far
We started out in May 1675 and played out several seasons since then. Our current date is October 1676.
In May 1675 all courtiers gathered for a special anniversary. The King Charles Rex had been on the throne for 25 years and the month was dedicated to this jubilee with several celebratory events, while ladies attempt to attract the royal attention. It was also clear that the King had problems. Catholics were more and more prosecuted by the common folks and the Whig party, agitation rising. His dream of toleration of all religions had long since evaporated. The Merry Gang seemed to have lost some of its panache, no longer literary genius but more and more worn old man. Above all the King worried about the Navy, equally under pressure from his cousin Rupert and his brother James. There simply was no money to pay the sailors and built the ships. Parliament was recalled but brought no solution. By the end of May a scare spread through London of the Plague revisiting. The King rose to the occasion and announced on the last even of the season that his Queen was expecting, finally the promised protestant heir!
During Summer 1675 the King spent his days at Newmarket racing, and later travelled the country. Her Majesty was safely kept at Hampton Court palace.
In September 1675 the King organised a Regatta on the Thames to promote the Navy, but still didn't not get the much needed funds. The plans for St. Pauls Cathedral and the Royal Observatory at Greenwich are finalized. Lots of personal plotting transpires. At the end of the Season the King suffers a tremendous loss. The Queen suffers a miscarriage, nearly dies and has an episode of insanity.
Such sadness caused the King to flee London in autumn 1675. As was his character he fled into more merriness and went to Newmarket again for the races.
At Christmas 1675 the King tried to forget all the sadness with a merry season in the snow at his castle of Windsor, inviting all of court to come with him. Pretending to be everybody's fond uncle he married off no less than two couples. One party followed the next. The Thames was frozen over so a Frost Fair was thrown. England was not ready for what followed next though. A protestant official was murdered in London, rumours held it to be by the Catholics. One Titus Oats was rather vocal on the matter, claiming a conspiracy. While the people at Windsor ignored the rabble, the rabble did not ignore them. Puritan fanatics managed to assassinate the Catholic Queen, who due to insanity mostly kept to her rooms. Partying ceased as the country was dipped into Royal Mourning. What is more, fanatics held the entire court at gunpoint at what came to be known as the Dutch Reception Massacre. The King falls to illness amidst this all and briefly York rules, to the detriment of the men then send to fight in Tangiers, in the hope they perish.
In the Winter of 1676 news arrives of the death of the Kings son who was at the head of the regiment in Tangiers. The Viscount Blackheath goes down in a blaze of glory, while the body of Charles FitzCharles is brought home. The King was inconsolable and raised Blackheath to Earl in death. Carrington, one of the officers at Tangiers from here on forth is a Whig, accusing York of the massacre.
In the Spring of 1676, also know as the Long Season, the King had to face reality. It was time to seek a new Queen. Foreign dignitaries swamped London trying to curry favour with the courtiers. Meanwhile the Exclusion Act, seeking to have the Kings brother, the Duke of York, excluded as a heir to the throne, was not brought to a vote but delayed, while a solution was found for funding of the Navy in starting a National Bank. Great Calamity when a fire broke out in the East End quite unexpectedly (for there were no thunderstorms or excessive heat). Despite regulations too many houses were made of timber and burned to the ground, leaving many homeless. The King and the Duke of Montmouth showed themselves to be the great heroes of their time in stopping the fire, once again. Afterwards the grand ladies of society helped organize important charities to help the poor of London, and several initiatives were employed. With the coming of May once again balls and parties take the foreground. At least the choice is announced: the bride to be is Karoline von der Pfalz, a distant cousin of the King through his aunt Elisabeth and more importantly a Protestant.
The Royal Wedding is celebrated at Windsor in October 1676. Two weeks packed full of festivities. All seems fluffy and fun but is it true? Dark shadows are rising. The Catholics are not taking their persecution lying down, frightened by the prospect of a Protestant Queen and their final annihilation.
Our Fudge List
See Also Rules of Realism
We have defined a setting that while not an exact replica of the historic 17th century Stuart era is closer to it than for instance a generic Tudor game, a fantasy realm, or a regency setting. We have made the marker "alternate" to allow for changes in history as well as fudges. We know that anachronistic behaviour is unavoidable. Even so, for want of a better word, there is such a thing as being setting correct. The rule of thumb: we use everything in the Stuart period after the Civil War (1660-1714). To help you understand what is different from real history, here is a list of things that have become part of our setting.
Time Bound Fudges
- Duke of Ormonde is assassinated - May 1675
- The Queen is pregnant - May 1675 (in reality was already infertile by then)
- A stillborn child for the Queen - September 1675
- Titus Oates plot starts - Windsor 1675 (and consequentially all through 1676 and 1677, instead of 1678)
- Queen Catherine is assassinated- Windsor 1675
- Thomas Hobbes dies - Winter 1676
- Earl of Rochester's wife dies - Winter 1676
- Charles FitzCharles dies in combat - Winter 1676
- Parliament recalled to discuss brides, bank & navy - Spring 1676
- Court of Wards abolished - Spring 1676 (instead of in 1660)
- The Fire of Southwark took place in the East End instead - Spring 1676
- King remarries with Protestant Bride - Windsor 1676
- St.Pauls Cathedral finishes way before its time - Spring 1677
- The Life Guards have barracks (in reality they stayed in Inns)
- The creation of a second standing regiment, owned by Charles Whitehurst, Earl of Langdon.
- The Golden and Silver Wick (personal bodyguards of the King and his heir) have been installed before their time
- Charles Sackville is known as Middlesex instead of Dorset
- The popularity of champagne and jenever (about a 100 and 50 years early respectively)
- The existence of piano fortes (about 50 years early)
- The presentation of Windsor's Baroque reconstruction as it was finished around 1685
- New Year starts in January, not in March.
- The existence of the West India Company (WIC)