Sunday, July 22, 2012

Parmesan cheese

Madrid, 15th November 1713

Finally back again to my beloved what-if Principality, just in time to unveil a secret meeting at King Philip's Real Alcázar palace...

King Philip held closely the portrait and examined it: --So, what is this lady like? --he seemed evidently pleased by the sight.

--Oh Your Majesty, Elisabeth Farnese is just a good Lombard girl, whose main concern is no ther than Parmesan cheese --the man standing in front of Him answered in a smile.

The Princesse des Ursins, who had just entered the room, watched the man with lenience. For his descriptions, the candidate princess was an inoffensive provincial girl who would be easy to manipulate at her own will --even easier than the sadly passed Maria Luisa of Savoy.

About the man himself, Giulio Alberoni seemed so eager to please the Spanish Court than wouldn't dare to interfere with her own influence. She felt self-assured enough to interrupt the men: --Apologies, Your Majesty. Have you already examined the Catalonia portfolio?

King Philip's expression changed abruptly: --Yes I did. So...?

--Your Majesty, there is no chance of turning things. King Louis has formally acknowledged that rebel Principality as an independant state, with countess Elisenda of Cardona as its Princess under His protection. King Louis would love Spain also followed their example and signed peace with Catalonia.

--There are no real implications behind... --king Philip started.

--Yes there are indeed, Your Majesty. Moreover if we take into account that the just enthroned King George of Britain has expressed his commitment in the issue. There are rumours that Marlborough will be appointed again as Supreme commander...

--There is actually an implicit threat that shouldn't be neglected, Your Majesty --Alberoni intervened.

--All right, Princess --the King abruptly cut them off--. Please summon the War Council for tomorrow. --And the Princess left the room, internally exultant.

Once she had left, Alberoni continued in a lower voice: --Far from neglecting the threat, if appropriately countered we could turn the tide against those pretentious rebels...

--You've caught my attention, Alberoni. Please tell me.

4 comments:

abdul666 said...

Giulio Alberoni... Cardinal, homosexual (and as such a favorite of the late Duc de Vendôme), in 'our time-line' the doom of the Princesse des Ursins whose protection he had sought and used, and the man whose ambitions prompted the Cellamare Conspiracy and caused the War of the Quadruple Alliance... In *this* time-line what convoluted schemes boil in his mind?

Soldadets said...

True, this is the point where cardinal Alberoni gets on the scene --a few months earlier than in 'real' history, sadly... You can have for sure he's about to start showing his abilities right now...

abdul666 said...

Historically cardinal Alberoni (and his pawn Elisaneth Farnese) seemed more interested in the Italian peninsula than in the Iberic one, and mostly by the promotion of the Farnese family, so his tortuous agenda *may* orient Spanish efforts away from Catalonia?

Soldadets said...

It might well be as you suggest. If such the case, our what-if Principality would certainly enjoy a short relief before being thrown into war again --when the renewed Spanish politics leads it to clash with Austria again in Italy in 4-5 years' time...

Inversely, it also might imply the Principality's inclusion into Alberoni's irredentist doctrine, in spite of the increasingly adverse what-if diplomatical context... That would mean a lot of troubles at the short term, I guess.