Sunday, 20 November 2016
Church And State
in the alpha timeline, the church wins the medieval church-state conflict;
in the beta timeline, the state wins;
in the Danellian timeline, neither wins.
SM Stirling's On The Oceans Of Eternity:
in Nantucket, Christians have united in one Ecumenical Church which has converted some Albans and Aryans;
in Babylon, if the King ignores the priesthood's selective omen-reading, then nobles and peasants expect disaster, a self-fulfilling prophecy;
in Great Achaea, priests, no longer men of rank serving only the God but full-time specialists paid by the Throne, can be relied on to get the omens right...