1634: The Bavarian Crisis (The 1632 Universe)

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1. The latest in the New York Times best-selling series.

2. The Ring of Fire series is the most popular and best-selling alternate history series for the past six years and is still growing.

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Overview

1. The latest in the New York Times best-selling series.

2. The Ring of Fire series is the most popular and best-selling alternate history series for the past six years and is still growing.

3. Ads in Locus, more

4. Full-color brochure.

5. Special kit mailing

6. Teaser chapter for Grantville Gazette V and The Stoneholding.

7. Co-op available.

The Thirty Years War continues to ravage 17th century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the Confederated Principalities of Europe, an alliance between Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident.

The CPE has the know-how of 20th century technology, but needs iron and steel to make the machines. The iron mines of the upper Palatinate were rendered inoperable by wartime damage, and American know-how is needed on the spot to pump them out and get the metal flowing again—a mission that will prove more complicated than anyone expects. In the maelstrom that is Europe, even a 20th century copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica can precipitate a crisis, when readers learn of the 1640 Portuguese revolt, a crisis that will involve Naples as well. Another factor: Albanian exiles in Naples, inspired by the Americans, are plotting to recover lost Albanian turf, which will precipitate yet another crisis in the Balkans.

This troubled century was full of revolutions and plans for more revolutions before the Americans arrived, and gave every would-be revolutionary an example of a revolution that succeeded. Europe is a pot coming to a boil, and Mike Stearns will have his hands full seeing that it doesn't boil over on to Grantville and the CPE.

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The intricacies of Habsburg family relations make surprisingly fascinating reading in the latest episode in Flint's saga of a 20th-century West Virginia town transported mysteriously to 17th-century Europe. The recently widowed Duke Maximilian of Bavaria reluctantly assents to a dynastic marriage with his niece, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, but her recent reading of an uptime encyclopedia and the American Constitution leads her to consider other, previously unimaginable options. Meanwhile, Don Fernando, the Spanish Cardinal-Infante, moves toward peace with the fledgling United States of Europe while laying siege to Amsterdam and searching for a suitable bride. Flint teams up once again with historian DeMarce (1634: The Ram Rebellion) to tell a complicated but coherent story. It is especially refreshing to read an alternate history that doesn't depend upon the clash of anachronistic arms, but rather on how modern ideas of human rights, education, sanitation and law might have affected the Europe of the 30 Years War. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439132760
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: 1632 Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 1024
  • Sales rank: 278,526
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.22 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Flint is the author of the New York Times best seller 1634: The Galileo Affair (with Andrew Dennis)—a novel in his top-selling “Ring of Fire” alternate history series. His first novel for Baen, Mother of Demons, was picked by Science Fiction Chronicle as a best novel of the year. His 1632, which launched the ring of Fire series, won widespread critical praise, as from Publishers Weekly, which called him “an SF author of particular note, one who can entertain and edify in equal, and major, measure.” A longtime labor union activist with a Master’s Degree in history, he currently resides in northwest Indiana with his wife Lucille.

Virginia DeMarce, after jobs as peculiar as counting raisins for the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture, received her Ph.D. in Early Modern European History from Stanford University. She has published a book on German military settlers in Canada after the American Revolution and has served as president of the National Genealogical Society. She taught at Northwest Missouri State University and at George Mason University. She has had stories in the Ring of Fire anthology and Grantville Gazette (#1), and more stories in the online Grantville Gazettes. She has three grown children and five grandchildren, and lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    A good read, but too much detail in spots.

    Overall a good read & worth the price. However, I was distracted by the number of characters on occasion, & wondered whether they were all necessary for the development of the plot. It could be difficult to keep track of everyone in spots. That part of it may be of greater interest to a history buff.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    What if fiction of the highest caliber.

    This fictional account of historical events concerning the 30 Years War requires a reader to possess retentive memory for places, people and the detailed plot on the level of a role-playing game. The authors presume or require complete loyalty from the reader in possessing all prior novels in the series to appreciate any references to prior events, leading characters, plot developments and locational references. Contrast between historical and contemporary cultures/attitudes is highly entertaining, reflective and provocative in arousing comparative thinking. The entertainment is chiefly provided by conversations between principle characters and their contemporary religious attitudes and of those of the historical past. Cynicism is rampant and political dialogues provide ample fodder. Yet throughout there exists an element of humanism that puts the plot into the realm of believability. The flavor of the conversations between characters is crisp, humorous and witty. References to maps is required in order to derive any concept of locations, narrative understanding and sequence of events. At times the segues into political, dynastic analysis is tedious and potentially discardable. It interrupts the pacing of the plot without providing defensible consideration as a filler of needed information.
    Overall, this novel requires devotional loyalty to maintain the readers interest in pursuing a tedious plot. Yet, the novel itself, it's character development, event sequencing, character conversations as topical analysis are intriguing, thought-provoking and potentially addictive. The authors achieve anticipation for the reader to continue each time the book is placed down and laid to rest until a time is available to resume reading. This achievement is masterful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2007

    Another Fine Offering

    Each of the bookis in this series has been a small treasure - some very good, some just plain excellent. What I most like about the writing is the in-depth grasp of history of the period that Flint and his co-writers display. Coupled with the creativity needed to juxtapose a good-sized chunk of late 20th early 21st century cultural mores and technology it produces an eminently readable treat for the mind. This current volume ranks as one of my favorite, especially introducing the concept of serendipity to influencing the course of events and thus history in the Bavarian Electorate. I could go on, but let me just say I'm delighted and thoroughly entertained. Keep them coming!

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