Friday, 5 August 2016
he tells us the real historical significance of the Knights Templar, including wealth accumulation and banking, but does not make them a front for the Time Patrol or for anything even more exotic;
his time wars, between the Patrol and the Neldorians or the Exaltationists, are fought with swords on historical battlefields, not with blasters or lasers in multidimensional spacetime;
one battle determines whether Everard and his colleagues will be able to return to their remembered version of history or will be compelled to remain in an alternative timeline.
There could be a story about a Patrolman who was stranded in the Punic timeline "after" the Patrol had deleted it. ("...after...," of course, refers to a second temporal dimension at right angles to the first.)
In SM Stirling's Island In The Sea Of Time, the Nantucket expeditionary force attacks William Walker's kingdom in England for the usual sorts of reasons. They must attack before Walker becomes strong enough to attack them. They want peaceful trade, not armed conflict, with Europe. Their battles will determine the future of this new timeline that they now inhabit but will not affect any other timelines.