1634: The Galileo Affair

Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis
science fiction, alternate history
1634: The Galileo Affair (Assiti Shards #3) - Eric Flint, Andrew Dennis

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 democratic ideals of the CPE have aroused the implacable hostility of Cardinal Richelieu, effective ruler of France, who has moved behind the scenes, making common cause with old enemies to stop this new threat to the privileged and powerful. But the CPE is also working in secret.

A group of West Virginians have secretly traveled to Venice where their advanced medical knowledge may prevent the recurrence of the terrible plague which recently killed a third of the city-state's population. At the same time, the group hopes to establish commercial ties with Turkey's Ottoman Empire, then at the height of its power. And, most important, they hope to establish private diplomatic ties with the Vatican, exploiting Pope Urban VIII's misgivings about the actions of Richelieu and the Hapsburgs.

But a Venetian artisan involved with the West Virginians may cause all their plans to come to naught. Having read 20th century history books of the period, he has become determined to rescue Galileo from his trial for heresy. The Americans are divided on whether to help him or stop him - and whether he succeeds or fails, the results may be catastrophic for the CPE.

 

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Release date: 2004
Genres: science fiction, alternate history
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Updated: September 07, 2010

Assiti Shards :: Series

Assiti Shards was previously known as The Ring of Fire.

1632 (Assiti Shards #1)
1633 (Assiti Shards #2)
1634: The Galileo Affair (Assiti Shards #3)
1634: The Ram Rebellion (Assiti Shards #4)
1635: The Cannon Law (Assiti Shards #5)
1634: The Baltic War (Assiti Shards #6)7.00
1634: The Bavarian Crisis (Assiti Shards #7)
1635: The Dreeson Incident (Assiti Shards #8)
1635: The Tangled Web
1635: The Eastern Front (Assiti Shards #9)
1636: The Saxon Uprising (Assiti Shards #10)
1636: The Kremlin Games
1636: Seas of Fortune
1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies
1636: The Cardinal Virtues
1635: A Parcel of Rogues
1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz
1636: The Devil's Opera
1635: The Wars for the Rhine
1636: The Ottoman Onslaught
1636: Mission to the Mughals
The Alexander Inheritance
1636: The Vatican Sanction
1637: The Volga Rules
1635: The Polish Maelstrom
1636: The China Venture
1636: Flight of the Nightingales
1636: The Atlantic Encounter
1637: No Peace Beyond the Line
1636: Calabar's War7.26
1637: The Peacock Throne
1637: Dr. Gribbleflotz and the Soul of Stoner