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Old 09-11-2017, 05:50 PM   #2801
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Default Re: New Reality Seeds

Originally Posted by malloyd View Post
Briefly. The problem with making Scotland more important is much the same one with any timeline where you want to turn somebody marginal into a serious power. Henry doesn't recognize Scotland as an equal power largely because it isn't one. England has 8 to 10 times the population, and the economic imbalance is probably larger than that. . .
You are absolutely correct -- as far as Scotland is on its own.

Remember the Auld Alliance.

Independent Scotland was generally allied with France. Perhaps in the aftermath of a crushing Scottish victory at Flodden (Alternate History) the young & energetic Francis I could take more effective measures to cut back the power of England.

Then, of course, the Hapsburgs would get involved (IIRC Charles of Spain was a nephew of Queen Katherine of Aragon (the latter sobriquet was not just for show in The Six Wives of Henry VIII) and things can get VERY interesting . . .
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