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Silver Sky

1325: King Edward II and several other unpopular figures are assassinated by John of Nottingham. Murders associated with magic.

1327: Order of John founded in Coventry.

1403: Order of John discovers the Veil.

1415: Inner Circle of the Order of John sunders the Veil. Riga, Bursa, Cairo, Kyoto destroyed.

1416: Remnants of the Order of John discover they are able to perform minor feats of magic, flee to the Isle of Mann to avoid suspicion due to investigation into the Crystal Column. Icelandic Refugees land on the coast of Markland (OTL Labrador).

1417: France collapses into several warring states. England consolidates power in Brittany and Normandy.

1419: Order of John having surpassed John of Nottingham in every way, restyles itself the Order of the Veil, begins using its power to establish itself as the ruling elite of Mann.

1422: Order of the Veil establishes Sanctums in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, begins recruiting.

1423: Scottish member of the Order of the Veil, Duncan McGregor, previously a priest, begins collecting his theories on the Sundering and God's will toward witches.

Rise of Magic

1425: McGregor publishes his work "Of God and Magic". It states that the Silver Sky was God deeming mankind worthy of greater power over the earth, and that the increase in miracles is due to this. His teachings begin to gain a major following in Scotland.

1427: McGregorism spreads to Ireland.

1428: Joan of Arc meets Charles VII in Chinon. Beginning of French Reunification War.

1431: With McGregorism gaining ground in Ireland and Scotland, King Henry V begins a Holy War on the McGregorists. The French armies lead by Joan of Arc have nearly unified southern France. Norwegian settlers begin settling the coasts of Greenland and Labrador.

1432: Order of the Veil approach McGregorist lords to offer assistance against Henry's armies. Their use of magical energies on the field devastate Henry's armies and bring more converts to the McGregorist cause.

1433: Charles VII is mortally wounded by an assassin, Joan of Arc demonstrates the ability to heal by touch, saving his life.

1434: Henry V abandons his Holy War and instead turns to securing his holdings in France, where the newly united French of the south have begun moving on Burgundy.

1435: Joan of Arc's armies crush the Burgundians and begin moving on English Normandy.

1437: Henry the V is killed in the siege of Calais. Pope Eugene IV declares Joan a Champion of God, and a living Saint. Charles VII establishes the Order of Charlemagne, an order of 12 holy warriors. Joan is the first inductee and she is tasked to search the lands to find 11 other worthy recruits. McGregorism spreads to Wales.

1438: Henry VI declares another holy war against the McGregorists.

1439: Order of the Veil recruits James Douglas and his twin brother Archibald.

1441: Henry VI's holy war ends with the forced release of Wales as an independent Kingdom. The Order of the Veil manages to get Llewellyn Rhys, a high ranking member and minor nobleman elected King.

1452: James II of Scotland murders William Douglas under a safe-conduct. The Earldom of Douglas passes to his younger brother James. James Gathers support and takes up arms against James II.

1453: With aid from their fellow members of the Order of the Veil, James Douglas seizes the throne of Scotland.

1454: Beginning of the War of the Roses.

1460: James Douglas and his brother Archibald seize control of the Order of the Veil.

1461: Edward VI seizes the throne of England. James Douglas and his wife give birth to a son, William.

1466: James Douglas and Edward VI enter into an alliance sealed with the betrothal of their children.

1471: William Douglas begins his training in the Order of the Veil.

1478: William Douglas, son of James Douglas, and Elizabeth of York are married.

1479: Edward VI's two sons are killed in a mysterious fire, leaving Elizabeth as his heir. Her marriage to William Douglas makes him next in line for the throne of England.

1483: Edward VI dies suddenly. William Douglas becomes William III.

1488: James Douglas dies, William III becomes King of England and Scotland. Danish settlers establish the colony of Oldenburg in Newfoundland, named by the Danish as Vinland.

1490: Irish Parliament under pressure from the Order of the Veil, declares William III and his heirs, King of Ireland.

1492: William III allows McGregorists in England. Columbus discovers the Caribbean.

1496: William III establishes the Church of Britain, a McGregorist national church with the King at its head. He also brings the Order of the Veil public, renaming it the British Order of Magi, and ordering the construction of a headquarters within the Crystal Column. Llewellyn Rhys is named Archmage of the Order. A priest using healing magic saves the life of Ferdinand II of Naples.

1498: Pope Alexander VI excommunicates William III.

1499: William III and King Llewellyn II of Wales enter into an agreement. Llewellyn, also a Veil trained Sorceror, would cede his crown to William, in exchange would be placed in charge of the Order of the Veil's operations and be granted the title Prince of Wales with authority as the King's representative.

1500: Llewellyn abdicates the throne of Wales to William the III, making him the King of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

1501: With tensions increasing with England, and Spain's anti-magic attitudes including the holy powers shown by much of the French forces, the alliance to topple the Kingdom of Naples between France and Aragon dissolves.

1504: Pope Julius II declares a Crusade on England. French troops land on the shores of southern England in early August but are defeated by the English Ogre troops sent to meet them.

1505: Rogue Sorcerors summon a fireball on Rome, destroying the city. By late summer English troops have claimed Normandy and Brittany, with Ogres forming the vanguard in most operations. This time will come to be known as the Rape of Normandy by the French people as thousands of women give birth to Ogre children after being raped by English soldiers.

Reformation

1506: Papacy moved to Avignon. Louis I, a french cardinal is elected Pope. With the destruction of Rome Emperor Constantine XII distances the Roman Empire from Rome and emphasizes the Greek character of the empire declaring the Greek Empire of Byzantium, after the original name of Constantinople, though his vanity does not allow him to rename the city.

1507: With the power vacuum in Italy from the loss of Rome, Ferdinand II of Naples begins expanding his territory into former Papal lands and begins absorbing several smaller principalities. English troops lay siege to Paris. France agrees to English terms of peace. Claude of France, Duchess of Brittany is married to the heir to the O'Grady clan, tying Brittany to the Irish, and therefore English nobility. English Crusade Ends.

1511: Pope Louis I and the conclave of Avignon defines the differences between Holy and Infernal magics. The King of Spain decrees that despite this, all magic is outlawed in his realm.

1517: Martin Luther publishes the Ninety-Five Theses. With many lower clergy showing signs of holy magics, while only a single cardinal and very few Bishops besides the Pope display these abilities, Pope Louis I begins a reformation to root out the corruptions of the Catholic church and summons Martin Luther to Avignon to advise him.

1521: The Council of Rheims reorganizes the structure of the Catholic church, decreeing that only clergy displaying holy magical abilities may advance in the ranks of the church, as those who display such show above average devotion to God and the church. Any Bishop or Cardinal not displaying such abilities are immediately demoted. The Pope elects several new cardinals including Martin Luther.

1522: Many of the Cardinals and Bishops demoted by the Council of Rheims decry the move as an outrage, along with the conclave of Avignon and escape to Barcelona. The King of Spain, with this influx of great holy men and his negative attitudes towards magic decrees the creation of the Holy Catholic Church of Barcelona.

1523: France declares war on Spain, this galvanizes the population of Spain into supporting their King and the new Barcelonan Catholic Church.

1524: William III of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales dies, the throne passes to his son Robert I. Robert proves a shrewd diplomat and begins pushing for further integration of the four kingdoms.

1532: Robert I succeeds in his dream of unifying the British Isles as Parliaments pass an act of Union, establishing the United Kingdom of British Isles. He then creates the titles of Prince of England, Prince of Ireland, and Prince of Scotland in a first step at reorganizing the nobility.

1538: Robert I announces, in a move well received by all but English nobility, that as he is King no longer of England, that London shall be the seat of the Prince of England, and that a new seat for the King of the Isles should be established in a more central location. The burough of Liverpool is chosen and construction begins on a new royal palace as well as a cathedral.

Christian Conquests

1550: Russian armies begin advancing on the Muslim Tartars along the Volga.

1589: Ferdinando I of Tuscany marries Margaret of Naples, the only child of Ferdinand III King of Naples.

1601: Tenth Crusade begins, French armies, lead by Paladins of the Order of Charlemagne annihilate any Muslim resistance.

1602: Ferdinand III of Naples dies leaving the son of his daughter Margaret Grand Duchess of Naples as King.

1609: Ferdinando I, Grand Duke of Tuscany dies, his son Ferdinand IV of Naples succeeds as Grand Duke of Tuscany, uniting the lands under personal union.

1612: At the urging of the Pope, the King of France establishes the Kingdom of Jerusalem, installing the head of the house of Orleans as King of Jerusalem.

1615: With the destruction of Rome, the Greek abandonment of the Roman Imperial title, and inspired by the French conquest of the holy land, the Kingdom of Naples declares itself the new embodiment of Rome and launches an invasion of Tunisia, intent on reclaiming ancient Carthage for the Christian faith.

1626: Greek Reconquest of Anatolia begins.

1649: Greek Reconquest of Anatolia ends with the death of Ibrahim I. Byzantine Empire retains Asia Minor, Empire of Trebizond expands, Kingdom of Paphlagonia established. Sultanate of Turkey established as vassal state of Byzantine Empire.

1654: Former stonemason Mahdi Hajjar restores Baghdad using earth magic, forming buildings and avenues from the very earth. In the center of the city is the restored House of Wisdom, now the tallest structure in the Muslim world. Muslims see that magic can be used to further the glory of God and more begin to accept its gifts.

Muslim Resurgence

1671: Morocco invades southern Spain.

1799: Napoleone di Buonaparte is elected Doge of Genoa, he begins a series of reforms to the military solidifying the republic's control over its territory.

1804: The Republic of Genoa invades Milan.

1805: Milan in absorbed by the Republic of Genoa.

1807: Using the threat of Austria, Napoleone negotiates the Treaty of Milan, uniting the republics of Venice and Genoa into the North Italian Confederation.

1809: NIC concludes its efforts of uniting northern Italy under its influence.

1811: NIC conquers Sardinia.

1815: The North Italian Confederation unites fully as the North Italian Republic. All territory of the NIC is split between Venice and Genoa as the two federated republics within the North Italian Republic. The constitution establishes the position of Grand Doge of the Republic as a hereditary position with Napoleone di Buonaparte as the first.

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