- Feb 3, 2011
1598 – Illness
After convening a meeting with his court, King Ferran IV agreed to pass the Declaration of Indulgence Act, granting all Christians the freedom of public worship and participation within the military and civil services. While all Christians could now openly practice their faith, there were still laws in place to keep them from actively proselytizing their religion. It was still a step forward, many thought, and it certainly appeased many heretics within Hispania.
The first arrangements were made with Cusco to encourage trade and cooperation. The people of Cusco were hesitant to openly trade with Hispania, especially since their neighbours feared this foreign power. To assuage their doubts, fine Hispania goods were given to Cusco as a gift to open them up. It was an expensive decision, but it surely impressed Cusco. Soon trade would be booming once their trust was won. For now though, a loan had to be taken out to afford such wondrous gifts for the people of Cusco.
The Mamluks, after settling their domestic issues, felt that Hispania was a threat once more.
Things started to heat up internationally as Genoa sought to expand its eastern holdings by attacking Georgia and Sweden eyed up the former Danish lands held by Pomerania. King Ferran IV took little notice of this, for he had contracted some dreadful illness and was bedridden for the time being. Some whispered that God was punishing the king for his actions against the Church.
The desire to explore the far-away lands of the world and unknown seas led to the outfitting of two exploration missions. The Alexandria trade fleet was recalled to serve as two separate exploration fleets. Lorenzo da Lusari was given three ships to set off to explore the Indian Ocean, while Robert Johann Lübecker headed west for the Pacific. In time they would return with maps of waters mostly unknown to Hispania. Perhaps they would even find the nation known as Ayutthaya, who had sent a spy to Hispania to steal the kingdom’s technology. ((Honestly have no idea how they managed to do that when we can’t even see them. ))
The king’s health worsened drastically over the weeks. It was not a surprise in April when he passed away in his sleep, finally succumbing to his illness. Pere was crowned king shortly after. While few doubted Pere’s claim to the throne, nor his capabilities, it could not be denied that the man had failed to produce an heir. His second marriage had yet to be fruitful. With no child of his own, his sister Clara thus became his heir. With her marriage into the Palaiologos family and her son ready to become emperor when he came of age, it seemed likely that the two crowns would be joined in the future if an heir was not born. Perhaps a Palaiologos would be ruling from Valencia in the times to come, that is if another Trastámara did not intervene first.
Presenting His Majesty, Pere V de Trastámara, King of Hispania and Protector of the Greeks & the Knights. ((Charitable, Trusting, Strong))
It saddens me greatly that my father has passed away. He had a troubled reign at times, but he always tried to do what was best for the kingdom and his subjects. I regret that I may have pushed him down a path that forced him to turn away from the Church. I believe that these heretics should be treated like any good Christian, but the split from the Church has been regrettable. With my father’s death, and thus the loss of the excommunication on him and the nation, I have been considering seeking out reconciliation with the Church. Perhaps they did not approve of our ways, but perhaps we can get past that and work together for the betterment of the faith. I shall think more on this later.
((Well that was a very short update. King Ferran could have at least waited a few years before he croaked. Anyway, I will give ministers until Sunday at 12pm PST to post plans, although since we didn’t get very far I don’t require them. Players may also propose laws in that time. Since we’ve past two religious reforms, the third may now be proposed for any Christian heresy. Other than that, the possible succession crisis may require some consideration, as well as the possibility of revoking the Restraint of Appeals.