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Timeline (The Lion and the Rose)

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Here lies the timeline of the history of The Lion and the Rose. Starting from the point of divergence in 1555, when Mary of England gave birth to Henry von Habsburg, and ending somewhere close to our timeline's modern age. Sit back and enjoy the timeline of The Lion and the Rose. Due to the Butterfly effect, the world as we know it becomes unrecognizable, and event after event from our timeline does not happen, building up and the result is a vastly different timeline. The timeline only includes "notable" events.



  • 14 April 1555: Mary I of England gives birth to Philip II's child named Henry von Habsburg in Greenwich, Kingdom of England, making a Habsburg the heir to the English throne.
  • 16 Jan 1556: Charles V finally abdicates the Kingdom of Spain to his son, who becomes Philip II of Spain.
  • 10 Aug 1557: Spain decisively wins the Battle of St. Quentin (Italian War of 1551-1559) in Picardy against France.
  • 1 Jan 1558: England indecisively wins the Siege of Calais (Italian War of 1551-1559) against France.
  • 13 July 1558: Spain decisively wins the Battle of Gravelines (Italian War of 1551-1559) against France.
  • 3 Feb 1559: Henry II of France and Philip II of Spain sign the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis.
  • 10 July 1559: Henry II of France dies at Place des Vosges in Paris from an eye wound, and the young Francis II becomes King of France.


  • 5 Dec 1560: Francis II of France dies in Orléans from an ear condition and his brother Charles IX becomes King of France.
  • 3 Jan 1562: The Edict of Saint-Germain is put into effect by the regent of France, Catherine de' Medici, which provided limited tolerance to the Protestant Huguenots in the Roman Catholic realm.
  • 1 March 1562: The Massacre of Vassy occurs in France, where Francis of Guise (along with the Catholic League) slaughter Huguenot worshipers in an armed action, starting the First French War of Religion.
  • 28 Sep 1562: The Catholic League decisively wins the Siege of Rouen (First French War of Religion) against the Huguenots.
  • 9 Oct 1562: The Catholic League wins the Battle of Vergt (First French War of Religion) against the Huguenots.
  • 19 Dec 1562: The Catholic League wins the Battle of Dreux (First French War of Religion) against the Huguenots.
  • 19 March 1563: The Edict of Amboise is put into effect by the regent of France, which scaled back Huguenot rights from the Edict of Saint-Germain, but still allowed open and unregulated Protestant services in the private households of nobles. This causes the end of the French War of Religion.
  • 24 July 1568: Don Carlos, Prince of Asturias dies at twenty-three in solitary confinement at the Alcázar of Madrid, making Mary's son Henry the heir apparent of both England and Spain.
  • 21 Nov 1568: Elizabeth Tudor, half-sister of Mary I of England flees from house arrest to the court of Scotland to gather support for a revolt against Catholic and Spanish influences in Spain.
  • 25 Feb 1569: To strengthen her view as a tolerant politique among Huguenots, Catherine de Medici marries her son, Duke Henry of Anjou to Elizabeth of England. As regent over Charles IX, she also begins aligning herself toward the Huguenots.
  • 3 March 1569: The Edict of Nantes is put into effect by Catherine de Medici, which granted Calvinist Protestants substantial rights in France, attempting to open a path for secularism and tolerance.
  • 4 March 1569: Duke Henry I of Guise and Leader of the Catholic League in France stages a revolt against the Huguenot tolerant-aligned French monarchy, starting the Second French French War of Religion.
  • 7 March 1569: Elizabeth Tudor comes out of the shadows in Scotland, and proclaims that she is the rightful Queen of England. With the marriage to Duke Henry of Anjou, Elizabeth de facto joins the Second French War of Religion.
  • 24 March 1569: After calls from the Catholic League and Elizabeth Tudor allying herself with the French, Mary and Philip along with the Duchy of Savoy invade France to enforce Catholic principles (making Philip de facto joining the Elizabethan Revolt as well).





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