MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY:
Averardo de' Medici (38) Protector of the Republic, Liberty, and Order. Averardo has broken new ground with his text "A House Divided", calling for the reunification of the Christian faiths (this has gained him praise from the Papacy). He is married to Jacopa Spini (38) and father of one son, Leonardo de' Medici (12).
Leonardo de' Medici (12) Only son of Protettore Averardo de' Medici, Leonardo is being groomed in matters both theological and in ruling (as he is a possible candidate to become Protettore one day). Overall he is an intelligent child, learning from his father.
Giuliano de' Medici (41) Giuliano de' Medici, First Brother of the Republic, is behind much of the current Florentine bureaucracy, and author of the current Constitution of the Grandest Republic of Florence et al. Despite these accomplishments, Giuliano has not been able to have children with his wife Tellina Donati (36) as of yet.
Francesco de' Medici (35) Called by many the "Cupid of Florence", Capo Francesco is if nothing else a tastefully sexual icon among Italians. Behind the "Romance Reforms" of Florence, and known for his excessively attractive looks, Francesco de' Medici is certain to be looked back on as the source of much of the growth of the family. Married to Cecilia Zorzi (34), he has produced 3 beautiful and promising daughters: Melania de' Medici (12), Laura de' Medici (12), and Lucilla de' Medici (10).
Melania de' Medici (12) Despite her young age, it is obvious that she will grow into a beautiful woman who will provide any suitor with plenty of equally beautiful children. Betrothed to Leon Berenberg-Gossler of the North.
Laura de' Medici (12) While not reaching the heights of allure of her sister, Laura herself is expected to bring the family more children as she grows.
Lucilla de' Medici (10) Lucilla herself is...odd compared to her sister. Whenever she can, she runs away and cuts her hair short like a boys, and has on many occasions pretended to be a boy to eavesdrop on others or attend male only classes. It is expected that she will eventually learn discipline.
Vieri de' Medici (37) Leader of the Domestic Army of Florence, Vieri has worked closely with Giuliano in ensuring the stability and security of the Republic. His wife, Maria Capoli (32), has born him 3 children. His two sons, Matteo de' Medici (7) and Roberto de' Medici (7) are both twins. He also has one daughter, Lisabetta (6), who at a young age is showing signs of being sweet yet slow.
Matteo de' Medici (7) Twin of Roberto de' Medici, Matteo is upstanding and unusually disciplined for his age. Kind to even the servants, and interested in their matters, he may blossom into a good Steward one day.
Roberto de' Medici (7) Twin of Matteo de' Medici, Roberto is far more mischievous than his twin brother, sneaking around the palaces and the like. A sticky hand will be attempted to be beaten out of him, however if it sticks it may prove useful.
Lisabetta de' Medici (6) Lisabetta has shown herself, even at the young age of 6, to be lagging behind others of her age. While not the smartest, her smile even at a young age can make a heart melt, so there may be use for her yet.
Salvestro de' Medici (33) Salvestro de' Medici, leader of the Florentine Foreign Army and the Siege of Modena. While Modena has been tough to crack, he has gained valuable experience in warfare, and during separate leaves back home has spent enough time with his wife Julia Zacoli (35) to plant his seed. His two daughters, Masina de' Medici (7) and Lisa de' Medici (6) have been growing with an uncommonly absentee father (even relative to others).
Masina de' Medici (7) Her growth has been steady, and she is expected to look nice (if plain) when fully developed. She will be good for a simple marriage, though not for organised breeding.
Lisa de' Medici (6) What is to be expected from Lisa is rather unknown, she has a glimmer in her eyes that her sister lacks, but that could be due only to her younger age. She has expressed an uncommon desire to read the Bible in the common vernacular, despite the many issues with her request. She will be dissuaded from this.
No Deaths, Natural or Unnatural amongst the major members of the Dynasty
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The following players have died of old age:
Joasaph Christodoulos (Lego)
Petrarch the Historian (marcuszodiak)
Doge Dolfin (Moonie)
Magnus the Pious (canadahuntsYOU)
Johann II of Lichtenberg (Metalmindstats)
The following NPCs have died of old age:
Elizabeth of House Hesse (Saxony)
Johannes Merck (Hamburg)
Remember that if a child is listed here, it is assumed to have survived infancy/early childhood.
From the marriage of Louis II Wittelsbach and Cunigunde of Poland, one daughter was born.
From the marriage of Otto VII Wittelsbach and Elizabeth of Pomerania, twin boys were born!
From the marriage of Casimir of Brandenburg and Maria of Sicily, no children were born.
From the marriage of Rupert I and Elizabeth of Namur, no children were born.
From the marriage of Emperor Wenceslaus and Anna von Schweidnitz, a son was born, but Anna von Schweidnitz has died in childbirth.
From the marriage of Albrecht I and Margaret of Brieg, two sons have been born.
From the marriage of Charl and Katharina of Austria, one daughter has been born.
From the marriage of Joseph and Clara of Vaux, no children have been born.
From the marriage of Rudolf IV and Catherine, two daughters have been born.
From the marriage of Leopold and Lucilla de Medici, no children have been born.
From the marriage of Frederick and Beatrice of Nuremberg, three sons have been born.
From the marriage of Albert and Sophie of Wütternburg, no children have been born.
From the marriage of Leopold and Margaretha of Styria, one son and one daughter have been born.
From the marriage of Benedikt Wach and Adrianne, no children have been born.
From the marriage of Frederick III and Beatrice of Nuremberg, one daughter has been born.
From the marriage of Averardo de’ Medici and Jacopa Spini, no children have been born.
From the marriage of Leonardo and Violante Visconti, one daughter and one son have been born.
From the marriage of Giuliano de’ Medici and Tellina Donati, two daughters have been born.
From the marriage of Francesco de’ Medici and Cecilia Zorzi, one son has been born.
From the marriage of Vieri de’ Medici and Maria Capoli, twin girls have been born! But Maria Capoli has died in childbirth.
From the marriage of Salvestro de’ Medici and Julia Zacoli, one son has been born.
From the marriage of Bogislaw V and Elizabeth Piast, one daughter has been born.
From the marriage of Casimir and Maud of Holland, two sons and two daughters have been born.
From the marriage of Maximillian Berenberg-Gossler and Johanna Zerhort, one son has been born.
From the marriage of Johannes Merck and Maria Lerva, no children have been born.
From the marriage of Frederick Merck and Sara Julich, two sons and one daughter have been born.
From the marriage of Rudolf Amsinck and Lorraine le Joile, one daughter has been born.
From the marriage of Frederick III and Catherine of Henneberg, two sons have been born.
From the marriage of Frederick II and Elizabeth of Lancaster, no children have been born.
From the marriage of William V and Maud of Leicester, one son has been born.
From the marriage of Margaret and Edmund of England, one daughter has been born.
From the marriage of Johanna I and Wenceslaus I, one daughter and one son has been born.
From the marriage of John I of Ardennes–Metz and Princess Marie of France, two sons and three daughters have been born.
From the marriage of Sophia-Anne and Jonathan Frisk, two sons have been born.
From the marriage of Margaret-Sophia and Andre Pelletier, triplet girls have been born!
From the marriage of Jakob and Antoinette Couture, no children have been born. Rumors are going around that Antoinette might be infertile...
From the marriage of Henry V of Vaux and Marie of Luxembourg, no children have been born.
From the marriage of Margaret of Vaux and Peter of Geneva, one son and one daughter have been born.
From the marriage of Louis V and Margaret, Countess of Tyrol, one daughter has been born.
From the marriage of Wilhelm and Laura de Medici, one son has been born, but Laura de Medici has died in childbirth.
From the marriage of Hermann of Bavaria and Margaret Von Habsburg, one daughter and one son has been born.
From the marriage of Meinhard III and Anjou Maria of Hungary, one daughter has been born.
The following kids of the following age have been sent to the Althor Orphanage: boy, age 4, girl, age 12, girl, age 11, boy, age 11, boy, age 7, boy, age 7.
I am pweased to heweby announce a mawwiage between my daughtew Viowante Visconti and the House of Medici. May this sacwed union bwing gweat happiness, joy, and fewtiwity to both famiwies, and may both Miwan and Fwowence wive togewew in hawmony fwom this day fowevewmowe.
Disunity wracks the North.
Thuringia makes war for a title their family has had no claim to for decades
The Hanse make war across the Baltic to defend their monetary interests
Brandenburg and Pomerania stand together, excommunicated.
All the while, the Danes circle like vultures, waiting for the time to strike.
Excommunication, instability and petty politics must be cast aside to protect the integrity of the Empire.
Hereby I, Louis II, Elector of Brandenburg declare that the North is under my protection from Danish incursion.
I challenge anyone that would dare threaten the North to learn why we earned the title Margrave
In 1370, Pope Urban V died peacefully in his quarters in Avignon.
Later the same year in December, the Papal Conclave unanimously elected Pope Gregory XI. Though he initially opposed his election, he accepted eventually.
In the first year or two, Pope Gregory XI focused on attempting to reconcile the war between the French and the English, which had continued again in 1369, to no avail. Pope Gregory XI also applauded the efforts of the informal crusade against the Turks, further stating that it was in his interests to call for a crusade to drive the Turks out of Europe altogether, but the growing instability in Italy forced him to refocus.
Starting in 1376, Pope Gregory XI, with growing pressures from Italy and Germany in particular, made the decision to return the Papacy to Rome, despite the protests of the French crown and the majority of the cardinals. Finally in January of 1377, he finally arrived in Rome, but his reign there was shortlived, as he died in early 1378.
His death led to chaos, however, as the election of the next pope was first interrupted, and then influenced, by a Roman mob that broke into the voting chamber, with the goal of forcing an Italian pope into the papacy. Following this, Bartolomeo Prignano was elected as Pope Urban VI.
Pope Urban VI, however, quickly gained the cardinals' enmity, and a majority of the cardinals withdrew from Rome to Anagni, where they annulled their election of Pope Urban VI, claiming that the election of Urban was invalid because it had been done for fear of the rioting crowds. Instead, they elected a French pope, Pope Clement VII. The cardinals consequently returned to Avignon in 1378, with Clement himself following soon after, reestablishing a papal court in Avignon. The two popes quickly excommunicated one another.
Immediately, Pope Clement VII has received the support of Naples, some minor Italian barons, and of course the French king. Within 1379, Clement also gained the support of much of Iberia, and Scotland.
The pair of elections has thrown the Church into turmoil. Rival antipope claimants to the papacy had existed before, but most of them had been appointed by various rival factions; in this case, a single group of leaders of the Church has created a pope, and a rival opponent to that pope. Thusly, already in 1379, this conflict has escalated from a church issue to a diplomatic crisis that seems to be dividing Europe as a whole.
As such, a Schism has begun - one that historians will come to call the Western Schism.
In part an escalation of existing divisions within the Church, of schismatics and reformists, the Western Schism seems to be causing quite the wave of fanatical hatred across Europe, with zealotry on the rise to fight for their choice of Papal candidate.
(NOTE THUS: Every civ must choose which pope they support, in their actions, though it is encouraged to show such support over the week as well. As usual, individual characters can choose separately who they support.)
The city of Hamburg, a bastion of Imperial innovation and with a creative government and promising leaders, has fallen to the violent and aggressive forces of Lubeck and Her Hansa. The city fell after a long two year siege in which many misunderstandings due to unfortunate communication issues led to blunders in the Army of Hamburg, and the Fleet tried its best to defend but unfortunately could not save the city.
Reportedly, Maximillian has fled the city, his current locations unknown, as long as his entire government including Franz Karl von Rekschafen (Head Diplomat), Frederick Merck (Master Architect and Steward), Rudolf Amsinck (Marshall), and Nicolas Merck (Admiral). The locations of Zimbert Amsinck and Heinrich Merck are unknown.
The government has claimed that it is still the legitimate government and continues to pass law and "rule" from outside Hamburg, wherever the are.
Maximillian wrote one letter prior to his escape.
God save Maximillian, may he protect him in these turbulent times.
(P1) "The Lord of Hamburg shall always be of noble blood."
(P2) "Noble blood shall be defined as having an ancestor of a noble family."
(P3) Maximillian von Rekschafen is not of noble ancestry (but conversely of burgher ancestry).
(C1) Therefore, Maximillian von Rekschafen is not of noble blood.
(C2) Therefore, Maximillian von Rekschafen cannot be Lord of Hamburg.
Source: The Mandate of Maximillian
The long-standing Electorate of Saxony is proud to announce that the Hanseatic League has joined the Northern Pact, a group already consisting of the aforementioned Saxony, the Electorate of Brunswick, the Duchy of Bavaria, and the Landgraviate of Thüringen, meant primarily for mutual defense in the north of the Empire. It is our hope that this allows for stability and peace to reign, even in times such as these.