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After the discoveries of Vasco da Gama and Columbus, Europe is in a constant state of change. New, bright horizons open for those who look far away, but the sky is darkening above them who stay at home. A new and ambitious dynasty comes to rule the world, the House of Habsburg, and the other Royal families of France and England accept the challenge.

Europe is divided: alliances are made and broken, the Reformation divides the population of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Emperor's treasuries are empty. Meanwhile, a new and dangerous enemy is emerging from the East: The Ottoman Empire of Suleyman the Magnificent has conquered the Balkan states and now threatens Hungary, Poland, and Austria. Hungary's young King, Louis II tries to delay the Doom, but he pays with his country for that. He barely survives a decisive battle and now tries to save both his face and his crown. However, there is new dawn behind this darkness. King Louis II finds friends and allies, love is blossoming on the battlefields, and new alliances will be made. Archduke Ferdinand has a gentle heart, but everybody sleeps with a sword just at hand.

The Crowns of the European monarchs are heavy. It is decorated with thorns. This novel tells their stories: about thorns and about the roses among the thorns.

Crown of Thorns's date today is:Sep 26th 1526AD

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Latest Novel Posting:

2020-09-09 10:48:32 (Valladolid, Castile) Letter from the Emperor to the Queen of Hungary by Charles V
2020-09-09 11:50:42 (Kraków, Poland) Queen Barbara’s Ghost by John Szapolyai
2020-09-10 12:51:41 (Wesprem, Hungary) Justice for the Innocent by Orsola Kanissay
2020-09-11 10:36:14 (Vienna, Austria) The Opponent by Ferdinand I
2020-09-12 09:49:55 (Amboise, France) Chastity by Eleanor of Austria
2020-09-13 07:34:41 (Wesprem, Hungary) Just Another Trouble by Louis II
2020-09-13 10:21:55 (Valladolid, Castile) The Emperor's Defense by Charles V
2020-09-14 07:25:27 (Kraków, Poland) What A Mess! by John Szapolyai
2020-09-14 10:40:52 (Kraków, Poland) A Bargaining Chip by Bona Sforza
2020-09-18 12:20:26 (Warsaw, Masovia) Loyalty and Duty by Bona Sforza
2020-09-19 11:17:21 (Warsaw, Masovia) Loyalty of Blood by Eleanor of Austria
2020-09-20 11:47:57 (Warsaw, Masovia) Only Bad News by John Szapolyai
2020-09-21 02:15:42 (Sintra, Portugal) Marriage Proposal by Catherine of Austria
2020-09-21 10:15:17 (Warsaw, Masovia) Fateful Choices by Bona Sforza
2020-09-22 04:00:48 (Sintra, Portugal) Unprepared by Catherine of Austria
2020-09-23 02:06:41 (Valladolid, Castile) Women's Weaknesses by Eleanor of Austria
2020-09-23 10:39:19 (Frankenstein, Silesia) The Enemy of My Enemy Is My Friend by Louis II
2020-09-24 10:34:54 (Vienna, Austria) The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend Pt. 2 by Ferdinand I
2020-09-26 01:44:07 (Valladolid, Castile) The Scandal of the Pillow by Charles V
2020-09-26 03:28:32 (Płock, Masovia) The New Bishop by Bona Sforza
Latest Story Board Posting:

2020-09-06 02:17:45 RE: Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe: East and West by John Szapolyai
2020-09-06 10:00:24 RE: Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe: East and West by Eleanor of Austria
2020-09-06 11:01:00 RE: Becoming a Queen in Early Modern Europe: East and West by John Szapolyai
2020-09-09 06:19:05 John Sigismund Before the Sultan by Orsola Kanissay
2020-09-09 10:58:25 RE: John Sigismund Before the Sultan by Charles V
2020-09-09 12:25:12 RE: John Sigismund Before the Sultan by John Szapolyai
2020-09-11 10:42:32 RE: John Sigismund Before the Sultan by Ferdinand I
2020-09-13 10:28:57 NPC Biographies: Alfonso de Valdés by Charles V
2020-09-24 12:26:48 NPC Biographies: Margrave George of Brandenburg by Louis II
2020-09-26 03:08:33 NPC Biographies: Andrzej Krzycki, Bishop of Płock by Bona Sforza
Latest Planning Board Posting:

2020-09-24 10:37:28 RE: Chapter Two: Spring 1527 by Ferdinand I
2020-09-24 12:09:52 RE: Chapter Two: Spring 1527 by Louis II
2020-09-25 10:36:41 RE: Chapter Two: Spring 1527 by Eleanor of Austria
2020-09-26 01:14:53 RE: Chapter Two: Spring 1527 by Bona Sforza
2020-09-26 01:45:54 RE: Chapter Two: Spring 1527 by Charles V
2020-09-26 02:19:35 RE: Chapter Two: Spring 1527 by Orsola Kanissay
2020-09-26 03:31:08 Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Two - THREAD CLOSED by Bona Sforza
2020-09-26 03:31:58 Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Two (Summer Onwards) by Bona Sforza
2020-09-26 03:34:57 Chapter Two: Moving into Summer 1527 by Bona Sforza
2020-09-26 03:36:06 Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Two: Updated Draft Outline (Autumn Onwards) by Bona Sforza

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