Saturday, March 17, 2012

Striking news

Versailles, 2nd November 1713 in the afternoon

Negotiations were halted at request of the French legates, with the commitment of resuming them on the next day.

--Your proposal of debating borders is going far beyond our attributions --they adduced.

Restless, Marquis of Vilana decided to go for a calmly walk in countryside. He hoped the serenity of Versailles outskirts would help him clarifying thoughts.

He had spent close to two hours walking on a pleasant, wide path bordered by plane trees at both sides, when he noticed a horse rider galloping towards him.

--Thanks to God I've met you! --the rider exclaimed, when he had got close enough. It was Lieutenant Llinàs, the Catalan Guards officer who had accompanied him on the trip from Monte-Cristo to Paris. Without waiting for a reply, the man stopped abruptly his horse and dismounted.

--Grave news from London, Sire --Llinàs explained.

--London? And so?

--An urgent message from Lord Dalmases, our ambassador in London. Queen Anne of England has passed away!


abdul666 said...

The potentially interventionist Whigs around Marlborough will probably raise again to power (but the effect will not be immediate).
Perhaps not such good news for the ongoing negotiations, given the centuries-old tradition of war between England and France.

(I read some time ago on TMP that, given their quasi-permanent hostilities (between the WAS and the SYW they managed to swap sides and stay at each other's throat!), France and Great-Britain had a totally unique agreement about the treatment of their POW; unfortunately the poster did not give references.)

Btw, did I mentioned that since the sojourn of young Elisenda in the Presipality, a cagaire features in the (very unconventional) Monte-Cristan Crèche?

Salvador said...

Monsieur, maybe they are in fact good news for the negotiations going on. With a Hannoverian heir to the British crown who has an interest in the diplomatic solution for the so called Case of the Catalans in the Parliament, mounting diplomatic pressure is to be expected from the British part.

Catalans will, if in an intimate manner, praise God for such a timely (just about eight months earlier than in "real" history, but not as much as to be out of consideration as Anne's health was already on its nadir) intervention.

With British troops already in Catalan service as mercenaries, this event most surely is a trump for the Catalan hand as French negotiators will feel compelled to accelerate a French biased peace treaty. Else they risk a decisive British interference in the Peace negotiations leading to a combined Franco-British tutelage on Galatea. And one can guess the British (being informed about the ongoing negotiations as they for sure might be) won't lose a day to try looking for such an agreement, even if just for nerfing French influence...

P.S.: Such was, as you say, the almost continuous state of war between France and Britain, that those times are considered as a second Hundred Years War, as I read elsewhere, spanning the whole 18th century and ending with Waterloo...

Salvador said...

I was forgetting to comment the pun in Llinàs words, "Grave news from London", regarding Queen Anne's death.
Even if unwilled, a funny one.
English "grave": Catalan "tomba", French "tombe", Spanish "tumba".

BTW Lluís I've heard they're organising a big napoleonic battle in Girona. Participants will bring and paint 100 28 mm. figures in a "taller" guided by two painters (one is a pro, I've been told), I guess some kind of speed painting. There are about 1200-1300 figures compromised by now...