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Eleanor of Austria
Orsola Kanissay

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Charles V
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John Szapolyai
Louis II
Princess Tamar Shervashidze
Thomas Cromwell
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June 2020
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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:Feb 27th 1526AD

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Latest Novel Posting:

2021-02-06 10:53:21 (Warsaw, Masovia) A Mother's Plea by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-07 03:47:38 (Piedrahita, Castile) One of Many by Charles V
2021-02-07 04:41:54 (London, England) The Lack of Grain by Thomas Cromwell
2021-02-08 11:24:19 (Saint-Germain, France) The Little Lamb by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-10 00:22:19 (Kraków, Poland) The Experienced Diplomat by Bona Sforza
2021-02-12 11:06:34 (Saint-Germain, France) The English Farce by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-13 06:11:49 (Ecsed, Transylvania) At Home by John Szapolyai
2021-02-14 09:52:25 (Prague, Bohemia) Wild Stories by Charles V
2021-02-15 10:54:33 (Paris, France) The Assemble of Notables by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-16 00:35:59 (Greenwich, England) A Letter to Casale by Thomas Cromwell
2021-02-19 04:14:46 (Greenwich, England) King versus God by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-19 11:31:28 (Prague, Bohemia) Another Stranger by Orsola Kanissay
2021-02-20 00:45:12 (Orvieto, Italy) A Pitiable Pope by Thomas Cromwell
2021-02-21 07:04:35 (Prague, Bohemia) La Volta by Thomas Nadasdy
2021-02-21 11:14:27 (Prague, Bohemia) Not a Real Lady by Charles V
2021-02-21 11:19:34 (Prague, Bohemia) Helping the Count by Catherine of Austria
2021-02-22 07:29:02 (Bohemia, Prague) Another Dance by Thomas Nadasdy
2021-02-22 08:18:39 (Greenwich, England) Bubbling Discontent by Thomas Cromwell
2021-02-23 11:18:12 (Bohemia, Prague) Swordplay by Orsola Kanissay
2021-02-27 10:47:23 (Bohemia, Prague) Ferdinandus Rex by Ferdinand I
Latest Story Board Posting:

2021-02-12 11:20:42 NPC Biographies: Madeleine of Savoy by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-14 02:32:57 Be My Valentine! by Louis II
2021-02-14 09:54:30 RE: Be My Valentine! by Charles V
2021-02-14 11:53:53 RE: Be My Valentine! by Orsola Kanissay
2021-02-24 06:30:02 Coronation in Prague by Princess Tamar Shervashidze
2021-02-24 11:30:24 Happy Birthday, Your Majesty! by Orsola Kanissay
2021-02-25 11:08:43 RE: Happy Birthday, Your Majesty! by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-25 11:12:58 RE: Happy Birthday, Your Majesty! by Orsola Kanissay
2021-02-27 10:54:07 NPC Biographies: Adam von Neuhaus by Ferdinand I
2021-02-27 10:55:23 NPC Biographies: Bernardo Clesio by Ferdinand I
Latest Planning Board Posting:

2021-02-25 00:04:28 Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Three: Ferdinand and the Voivode by Bona Sforza
2021-02-25 00:06:41 Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Three: Princess Tamar by Bona Sforza
2021-02-25 06:29:47 RE: Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Three: Ferdinand and the Voivode by Orsola Kanissay
2021-02-25 10:59:19 RE: Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Three: Ferdinand and the Voivode by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-25 11:11:45 RE: Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Three: Ferdinand and the Voivode by Orsola Kanissay
2021-02-25 11:18:19 RE: Happy Birthday King Matthias :) by Eleanor of Austria
2021-02-26 00:29:01 Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Three: Winter 1528 by Bona Sforza
2021-02-26 00:36:45 Plots and Story Ideas: Chapter Three: Draft Outline (Spring 1528 Onwards) - Updated by Bona Sforza
2021-02-27 11:00:06 Chapter Two: Winter 1527 by Ferdinand I
2021-02-27 11:14:32 RE: Chapter Two: Winter 1527 by Orsola Kanissay

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