Timescale: 0.50 - half year per turn
Gameplay: 3 weeks
Kingdom of Spain
Rulers of the Kingdom of Spain
Valiente Dynasty (1080-1275)
1080-1105 Alfonso the Chivalrous
1105-1120 Rodrigo the Chivalrous
1120-1144 Horacio the Brave
1144-1161 Augusto I the Crusader
1161-1189 Vaasco I the Scarred
1189-1208 Jesus the Crusader
1208-1217 Pablo the Saint
1217-1241 Francisco the Wrathful
1241-1244 Roy I
1244-1275 Ricardo I the Tyrant
Ribeyriña Rule (1275-1297)
1275-1297 Algonso I de Ribeyriña
Valiente Dynasty (Restored 1297-1517)
1297-1329 Augusto II the Tyrant
1329-1382 Cristian the Watcher
1382-1393 Simon the Chivalrous
1393-1449 Vaasco II the Cruel
1449-1481 Vaasco III the Saint
1481-1517 Agosto the Honourable
Leon Kings (aka The Queenless Kings 1517-1540)
1517-1519 Gomes Hernandez
1519-1537 Pasqual Alonso the Lewd
1537-1540 Ricardo II de Vigo the Gambler
Foreign Kings (1540-1573)
1540-1545 Alfredo de Mesa of Bruges
1545-1551 Sancho de Sevilla the Tyrant of Rennes
1551-1555 Roy II Goncales the Merciless of Bordeaux
1555-1558 Algonso II Nocelao of Prague
1558-1573 Goncalo del Picoto of Kiev
De Mesa Dynasty (1573-1612)
1573 Goncaluo the Malevolent
1573-1612 Jacome the Gambler
Goncales Dynasty (1612- )
1612-1613 Pedro the Lewd
1613- Vaasco IV
Chronicle of the Spanish Kings
King Alfonso the Chivalrous, 1080-1105; b. 1040 d. 1105
By the year 1080, Alfonso the Chivalrous founded the Valiente dynasty that ruled Spain for five centuries. During his reign, he established alliances with the neighboring kingdoms of Portugal, France and Moors. He also expanded the Spanish territory from two regions to seven, making his kingdom the largest by the year 1105. In 1088, a crusade was called by Pope Gregory of the Papal States in Jerusalem and required the king of Spain to join. King Alfonso successfully occupied Jerusalem and won a series of battles in the region. Before the year 1097 ends, King Alfonso killed Sultan Mubarak of Egypt in a big battle near the holy city. The nobles also requested that he must occupy the rebel city of Ajaccio, land of the pirates, to secure the sea trade on his way back home. His successful campaign in Jerusalem and Ajaccio earned him the title “the Chivalrous”. At the beginning of the 12th century AD, Pope Gregory died of old age. Cardinals Carlos de Feques and Domingo Franco of Spain joined the papal election. Cardinal Domingo Franco’s piety and holiness influenced and gained the favor of the majority, thus making him Pope Strenna of Spain (1101-1108). King Alfonso also waged wars against France (1095-1119) and Portugal (1097-1107) caused by their betrayal. By 1105, Alfonso’s final year, the Kingdom of Spain became the largest (1105-1106); summer of that year, Queen Constance died. The king became so depressed, weakened his health, and fell ill. Winter of that same year, King Alfonso the Chivalrous died in Toledo at the age 65.
King Rodrigo the Chivalrous, 1105-1120; b.1059 d.1120
Rodrigo the Chivalrous, only son of King Alfonso, ascended the throne upon the death of his father. He prioritized the kingdom’s economy by establishing trade rights with HRE (1106), Milan (1106), the Papal States (1108) and Sicily (1110). From 1114 to 1118, Spain experienced bankruptcy. Through loot and trade, the economy recovered. He then absorbed the Kingdom of Portugal (1107) and made peace with Egypt (1117) and France (1119). By 1120, Rodrigo’s greatest achievement is that he made Spain the richest. Unfortunately, King Rodrigo died in Toledo winter of that same year.
King Horacio the Brave, 1120-1144; b.1085 d.1144
Horacio the Brave, the greatest general of the Spanish Army and the eldest son of Rodrigo the Chivalrous became the third king of Valiente dynasty. Horacio led the campaign against the Moors (1125-1129), Spain’s former ally, in the south and driven them out of the Iberian Peninsula, making the whole Iberia under the Spanish rule. Trade rights were granted with Venice (1125), Egypt (1132) and the Byzantine Empire (1142). Prince Augusto, son of Horacio and the heir to the throne, married Princess Aleusa of England in 1122. The alliance between Spain and England, however, did not stay long. In 1135 England was dragged into the war between Spain and France (the Second Franco-Hispano War, 1124-1131). At first England sided with Spain, they pounded France with simultaneous attacks and sieges, while Spain is holding their defense in the Pyrenees. But as the English army marched closer to Spain, their ambitious king started to think of annexing the Iberian Peninsula by absorbing the Spanish Kingdom. In 1135, England betrayed Spain and thus ignited the First Anglo-Hispano War (1135-1141). Pope Andreas of France (1130-1144) wanted peace caused the temporary ceasefire between Spain and England in 1141. Pope Andreas, having France excommunicated, called a crusade on Toulouse in 1137. Horacio along with Prince Augusto and General Arias joined the successful crusade though it paid a large price. In 1140 a deadly plague that lasted until 1144 has struck the city killing many including the Spanish king himself.
King Augusto I the Crusader, 1144-1161; b.1098 d.1161
The sudden death of Horacio the Brave shocked the whole kingdom. Prince Augusto was immediately summoned by the council of nobles in Toledo for the coronation in 1144. King Augusto I’s reign focused on spreading of the word of God. He sent priest to the farthest places in Africa, Russia, and the Middle East, producing three Spanish Cardinals. Early in his reign, 1144, King Augusto the Crusader forged an alliance with Denmark by arranging the marriage between his son Prince Vaasco and Princess Geirny of Denmark. Also in that year, Pope Andreas of France died. The Papal election commenced and put Cardinal Gomes the Righteous of Spain as Pope Ventura of Spain (1144-1147). Pope Ventura’s papacy did not stay long. He died in 1147 and was succeeded by Pope Amatus of Spain (formerly Cardinal Berenguel the Missionary, pope 1147-1164). Pope Amatus called the third Crusade on Jerusalem in 1150 (1st Crusade on Jerusalem 1088-1097, 2nd Crusade on Jerusalem 1112-1121). King Augusto joined a crusade the second time and successfully conquered Jerusalem. By the year 1150, the English army started to march south again. And on the winter of 1151 the Second Anglo-Hispano War (1151-1261) broke out. In 1153, King Augusto trained and deployed the largest army the world has ever seen (strongest, 1151-1162) against England. The king also established alliances with Sicily (1153) and Hungary (1156). The successful conquest of Marseilles (1149) and Cagliari (1159) made Spain the largest kingdom (1159-1161). Mismanagement of the expanding kingdom and the increasing army affected Spain’s economy for the second time (bankruptcy, 1156-1162). King Augusto and his son Vaasco were the heroes of the infamous battle of Bordeaux region (1160) against Prince William of England, who died in the battle. In 1161, while on their way to conquering Bordeaux, the king felt pain in his chest and later that day, he suffered a heart attack and died.
King Vaasco I the Scarred, 1161-1189; b.1127 d.1189
King Vaasco I’s early years as king was tested by both rival kingdoms and nature itself. After his success in occupying the city of Bordeaux (1161) and the recovery from bankruptcy, a series of unsuccessful battles, lost of settlements and civil revolts happened in his term: Jerusalem to Egypt (1161), and Toulouse to England (1162). Unrest in the city of Cagliari resulted to a Civil Revolt in 1162. Natural disasters struck the kingdom during his term: Plagues in Cordoba (1159-1162), Ajaccio (1162-1163) and Marselles (1162-1164) and an earthquake leveled the city of Leon in 1162. King Vaasco began to lose his control on the territories beyond the Pyrenees because of the series of misfortunes. Milan took advantage on the situation and betrayed Spain (First Milano-Hispano war, 1165-1170) by attacking Marseilles and butchering all of its Spanish citizens in 1165. King Vaasco I’s reoccupation of Toulouse in 1173 sparked tension between Spain and Milan thus, the Second Milano-Hispano war (1173-1242) broke out. The king’s war efforts against Milan and England in the north seemed hopeless so he transferred his full strength to south against the Moors in Africa. King Vaasco I the Scarred led the campaign in Africa and successfully defeated and killed the Moorish heir, Crown Prince Ummayah, in the Battle of Gibraltar (1181). He marched further to the City of Marrakesh and conquered it in 1182. Sultan Hicham of Moors tried to take it back from Spain but failed and was killed by King Vaasco I in the Battle of Marrakesh in that same year. During his 28 year reign, 8 Papal elections took place in which 4 of them were of Spanish blood: Pope Amatus (1147-1164), Pope Buoncorsus (1164-1168), Pope Iacobus (1170-1173) and Pope Abizius (1185-1188). In 1181, Pope Maczeus of Denmark (1173-1182) called the 4th Crusade on Jeruslem (1181-1187). A year after the death of Pope Abizius of Spain in 1188, King Vaasco I’s death followed. He died in Cordoba at the age of 62.
King Jesus the Crusader, 1189-1208; b.1145 d.1208
King Jesus the Crusader, eldest son of King Vaasco, ascended the throne in 1189. During his reign, Spain became the most advanced (1190-1191). The accession of Pope Simon of Spain in 1190 and a series of defeat from the English army took place in his reign also. Spain lost Toulouse (1194) and Bordeaux (1195) to England. General Pedro, King Jesus’ cousin, led a massive army to Algiers and conquered it in 1191. Winter of that year, Ajaccio was partly destroyed by an earthquake. In 1198, Pope Simon of Spain called the 2nd Crusade on Toulouse (1198) after excommunicating the English King. King Jesus answered the call by joining the crusade and successfully fulfilled the mission for a year only thus entitled him Jesus the Crusader. King Jesus led an army to Angers (1208) but was ambushed by a massive English army. King Jesus along with his troops fought valiantly but met his end in the hands of the cold-blooded Englishmen.
King Pablo the Saint, 1208-1217; b.1155 d.1217
Upon the tragic death of the previous king, Pablo the Saint became the 8th King of the Valiente Dynasty. He was the younger brother of King Jesus the Crusader. This holy man, who lived most of his life with priests and his friend Cardinal Duran de Magas (Pope Simon of Spain) in Leon, reigned for 9 years only (1208-1217). No significant event took place during his reign aside from his efforts of taking back Bordeaux from England. He sent troops to Bordeaux and successfully captured the city in 1215. Pope Simon of Spain died in 1216 and was succeeded by Pope Gratianus of Spain (Cardinal Luis d’ Aquino, pope 1216-1221). Soon after the death of his friend, King Pablo the Saint died of heart attack (1217) in his mansion in Leon.
King Francisco the Wrathful, 1217-1241; b.1180 d.1241
King Pablo the Saint never had a queen to bear him a son who could succeed him when he expires. So by 1216, the council of nobles decided that Francisco, youngest grandson of King Horacio the Brave, is the legitimate heir to the throne. King Francisco the Wrathful (formerly known as Francisco the Ugly) ascended the throne in 1217. King Francisco’s far relative General Goncalo el Valiente and late King Jesus’ only son Prince Roy el Valiente led successful campaigns against the English army in Rennes (conquered 1224) and Angers (conquered 1232). Prince Roy killed the English heir, Prince Roger, in their Battle of Rennes region in 1219. In 1232, General Goncalo killed King Augustine the Watcher during their conquest of Angers. These consecutive victories over the English Kingdom marked the turn of the tide of the then 81 years old second Anglo-Hispano War (lasted for 110 years, 1151-1261). King Francisco also sent Prince Roy’s eldest son, General Ricardo el Valiente, in a grand campaign in Africa against the Moors (1225-1250). In 1232, General Ricardo brutally occupied Tunis, the capital of the Moorish Sultanate, and killed their Sultan Tashfin and Crown Prince Ayub the Wrathful. Pope Gratianus of Spain was succeeded by two Spanish Popes: Pope Petrus (1221-1225) who called the Fifth Crusade on Jerusalem (1221-1227) and Pope Falcone who also called a Crusade on Jerusalem for the sixth time (1236-1242). Before King Francisco’s reign ended, Leon and Granada were plagued from 1235 to 1237. No significant events occurred in the late years of his reign until he died on a vacation in the island of Ajaccio in 1241.
King Roy I, 1241-1244; b.1181 d.1244
King Roy I, only son of the late king Jesus the Crusader, succeeded Francisco the Wrathful. His reign, though short (lasted for three years only), was eventful. The Papal seat was vacated twice; Pope Giannis of Spain (1241-1243) and Pope Falcone II of Spain (1243-1259) occupied it upon the death of Pope Falcone I of Spain in 1241. General Goncalo el Valiente continued his war efforts in the north against England, conquering Caen (1241), where he vanquished Prince Robin, and Paris (1243) where he also killed King Perkin the Wrathful. King Roy I also tried to fix relations with Milan and managed to end the 61 years old Second Milano-Hispano war in 1242, however, the ceasefire only lasted for 5 months, and the Third Milano-Hispano war was ignited (1242-1249) because of Milan’s transgression of the ceasefire treaty. In 1244, the old king died mysteriously in Toulouse. Some say that his eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Ricardo plotted his death and poisoned him; others say that a vengeful fanatic, probably to avenge Prince Roger of England’s death, put something in the king’s meal that choked him to death; few others say that the king just died of nightmare.
King Ricardo I the Tyrant, 1244-1275; b.1208 d.1275
King Ricardo el Valiente, the boy general and the hero of the campaign against the Moors, assumed the throne at the age of 36. He was known to be the Merciless, the Killer, the Malevolent, the Brave and the Tyrant. Some considered his reign as Spain’s nightmare because of his iron fist rule. Others think that he’s the greatest ruler of the Valiente Dynasty so far. His first year as king of Spain impressed not only the nobles but also the rulers of neighboring kingdoms. He made Spain the most advanced (1244-1248) and reoccupied Marseilles in 1244. He also made peace with Milan (ended the third Milano-Hispano war). He too, conquered and absorbed the Moorish Sultanate in 1249 at the fall of Timbuktu (end of Moro-Hispano War, 1107-1249). Prince Antonio, the king’s younger brother married Princess Diana del Piero of Milan and established an alliance with a former enemy (Milan, 1251-1278). His greatest general, Goncalo the Merciless who also served King Francisco the Wrathful, successfully led the campaigns against England (which was also at war with Scotland) in Rheims (1255), Bruges (1255), Antwerp (1259) and Arguin (1260) and managed to kill their heir, Prince Geiles the Mad (1255), and their king, Aston the Mad (1259). The fall of London to Scotland in 1261 finally ended the second Anglo-Hispano war. He achieved a lot during his reign: Most advanced (1257-1273), since 1258 Spain was never toppled as the strongest kingdom, his territory expanded and became the largest from 1260 to 1263. He also employed agents of death and permits the establishment of the Assassins’ Guild in Zaragoza (1256). The most famous and the most feared was Agosto the Killer, who killed more than a dozen family members of rival kingdoms including the Milanese heir, Count Piccardo (1261). Upon the death of Pope Falcone II in 1259, two of the three popes that succeeded him were Spanish: Donatus of Spain (1259-1263) and Johannes of Spain (1263-1271). Three crusades were called under King Ricardo’s time; the Crusade on Riga (1249-1252), called by Pope Falcone II, was championed by the Poles; in Vilnius, Pope Falcone II also called a Crusade in 1258 but was canceled in 1259, upon the death of Pope Falcone II, by Pope Donatus of Spain; Pope Johannes of Spain called the Seventh Crusade on Jerusalem (1268-1273). General Bernardo el Valiente, King Ricardo’s younger brother, joined the crusade and recaptured the city in 1273. King Ricardo worked for peaceful relations with rival kingdoms. He passed on his hold over Marseilles to Milan (1272) to prevent the threat of the Fourth Milan-Hispano war. He also sent diplomats to Cairo to fix Spain’s diplomatic standings with Egypt and succeeded in 1273. King Ricardo maintained peace with other kingdoms for the last three years of his reign. But this so called “peaceful last three years” of his reign is in name only. His peaceful relation towards other kingdoms was overwhelmed with doubts, suspicions and mistrust, and excessive corruption and graft. Nationwide unrest lurked his reign during his last three years until a bloody riot in Tunis (the Bloody Wednesday of 1275) took his and his heir’s, Prince Antonio the Mean, lives along with 24 of their garrison officers and 1300 civilians.
Ribeyriña Rule (1275-1297) King Algonso I de Ribeyriña, 1275-1297; b.1233 d.1297
The brutal death of King Ricardo and his heir Antonio the Mean, left the Spanish throne vacant and ended the dynasty of the Valiente family. Soon after that, anarchy plagued the whole kingdom. Nobles, king’s relatives and commanders fought for the seat at Toledo. Algonso de Ribeyriña, governor of Lisbon and a descendant of Domingo the Wrathful (youngest son of King Rodrigo the Chivalrous), won the support of the majority. He was crowned king of Spain in 1275 eight months after King Ricardo’s death. Two weeks before the year ends, King Algonso I married Princess Ede of Scotland, establishing an amiable alliance with Scotland (1275). He also opened trade rights with Russia in 1283. Though he was supported by the council of nobles, his relations with neighbor kingdoms, particularly Milan, did not go well. Milan betrayed Spain in 1278, igniting the Fourth Milano-Hispano war (1278-1304). But this declaration of Milan was suicidal, the fourth war favored Spain in all circumstances. City by city, Milan lose its hold over central Europe. Marseilles, Metz and Dijon were conquered in 1284; Frankfurt, where the Milanese leader, Duke Noddo the Gambler resides, was occupied in summer of 1290 and Bern in winter of that year; Staufen in 1291; and Innsbruck in 1295. Milan tried to offer ceasefire several times but the king displayed lust for land and power. This show of greed and blood thirst appealed negatively to the public, particularly in the capital where a great flood destroyed the homes and the lives of many nobles, slum people and high ranking officers in 1293. The loyalists of the fallen Valiente dynasty, led by King Ricardo’s only son Augusto, started to invoke tension and unrest throughout the kingdom, a black propaganda. Overspending and still corruption caused another bankruptcy (1291-1292). By 1291, along with the drop of the economy, the Ribeyriña family’s influence declined also. The Second Crusade on Riga (1294-1299) was called by Pope Albizius of Sicily (pope, 1271-1296) requiring all the kings of Christendom to join. This Crusade was summoned to take Riga back from the vile hands of the Mongol Hordes. In 1295, King Algonso I, who was at Algiers by that time, gathered pilgrims, mercenaries and knights and joined the crusade, declaring war against the Mongols. The following year, 1296, the king’s crusading army rode the Spanish fleet stationed in Algiers scheduled to arrive at Marseilles by summer of 1298. But that fleet never docked any port; in 1297, before reaching its destination, pirates ambushed and sank the whole fleet, putting an end to King Algonso's reign. The loyalists of King Ricardo hired professional assassins to murder king Algonso’s relatives, leaving the throne vacant again.
Valiente Dynasty (Restored 1297-1517) King Augusto II the Tyrant, 1297-1329; b.1268 d.1329
Rumors started to spread, the death of King Algonso I was plotted by Augusto el Valiente and the loyalists of King Ricardo paid a large amount of florins to the pirates who ambushed King Algonso’s fleet. By November of 1297, Augusto became the most prominent politician fitted to occupy the vacated seat at Toledo; a month later, King Augusto II the Tyrant was crowned king of Spain, and restored the Valiente dynasty. This tyrant, even worse than his father, took revenge on the rebellious city of Tunis. He led three army divisions in Tunis and started the 2 year siege in 1298. By 1300, King Augusto II captured the city and exterminated every single person, men, women, children inside. He also issued an all out war against Milan, conquering the cities: Marseilles and Milan (1300), Venice (1301), Bologna (1303), and Florence (1304) and killed Duke Gillio the Merciless (1301), Duke Piccardo (1303), Count Morello (1304), and Duke Giacomo the Lewd (1304). The fall of Milan in 1304 opened new doors to the eastern part of the known world. Spanish army marched and conquered Zagreb (1313), Ragusa (1318) Corinth (1319) and Durazzo (1325). From 1325, Spain was known to be the largest kingdom all throughout the history. Though, the rivalry between Spain and Egypt became more intense when the Spanish arrived at Durazzo. Egypt was the dominant power in the east at that time, controlling the whole Middle East, Asia Minor, Hungarian plain and Egypt itself except the eastern most regions which were controlled by other unknown faction. Zagreb soon fell to Egyptian hands by 1326 and was followed by a ceasefire treaty in 1327. King Augusto II the Tyrant sent his two heirs in impossible and fatal missions, Prince El Cid de Vigo (died, 1326) and Prince Jesus Eanes (died 1327) to set his youngest child, Cristian el Valiente into that position. King Augusto II’s arrival in Corinth led to his brutal end in 1329. His throat was cut, almost decapitated his head, by an unknown assassin at his room.
King Cristian the Watcher, 1329-1382; b.1311 d.1382
For the second time, a Valiente king fell into an assassin’s hand. King Cristian the Watcher, assumed the throne upon the death of his father in 1329, saw this as a threat to the Spanish crown. He thought that the security of the Spanish crown is extremely vulnerable and that other factions might use this vulnerability to conquer his kingdom. This great king who served Spain for 53 years patched the security problems of the kingdom by building rows of watchtower and employed a battalion of spies throughout his kingdom. He also secretly permitted the establishment of the thieves’ guild HQ in Ajaccio. King Cristian’s greatest work is that he forged an alliance with all the surviving Christian factions and fought side by side against Egypt and the Mongols. From 1329 to 1345, the kingdom of Spain reoccupied Zagreb and absorbed the cities of Thessalonica, Sofia and Constantinople. Spain also experienced an economic prosperity from 1345 to 1348. However, this prosperity was interrupted by the unexpected emergence of a deadly pandemic throughout Europe. The Black Death greatly decreased Europe’s population and the economy as well. Spain was again in debt from 1348 to 1356. It took Spain a decade before she fully recovered from the devastation of the deadly plague. Pope Renaldus of Spain (1341-1371) called a crusade in Antioch (1357) in spite of the great plague’s effect in the whole known world. Antioch was conquered by Prince Domingo in 1365 but it was soon taken by the Egyptians in 1369 and killed the noble Prince. The heirship to the Spanish throne was then passed to King Cristian’s younger son, Prince Simon. The young prince led the Spanish Army in a campaign against Egypt in Anatolia region. He conquered Nicaea (1370), Smyrna (1371). Prince Simon also answered the call of Pope Maczeus II of Spain (1371-1375) for the second Crusade in Antioch (1371) and in 1376, Antioch was again conquered. Aleppo and Rhodes soon fell into Spanish hands in 1377. And finally before the king died, Bucharest, Nicosia, and Hamburg were added to Spanish territory in 1381. King Cristian the Watcher, while in his death bed in Constantinople, told to his children and his wife that they must bring back the declining trust of the public to their family. It was 12 noon of October 5, 1382 when the just and wise king grasped his final breath.
King Simon the Chivalrous, 1382-1393; b.1331 d.1393
King Simon the Chivalrous ruled Spain with nobility and justice just like his father. He occupied the rebel towns of Iraklion, Magdeburg and Arhus in 1388. King Simon signed the Treaty of Vienna in 1391. It contains the handing over of the Spanish towns of Arhus, Stettin and Magdeburg to Danish control in exchange of the more developed Danish city of Vienna. The Mongols, who were still in control most of the lands around the Black Sea, started to devastate the regions of Sofia and Constantinople in 1392. Later that year, Khanzada Khoyan of the Mongols laid siege in the mighty city of Constantinople. General Saluador de Vigo and the Knights of Santiago who were stationed in Smyrna were immediately sent to fend off the attackers. Thus the infamous “Battle of the Horses” took place in 1392 just outside the city of Constantinople. It was a great battle between the noble knights and the golden horde, the horse archers versus the charging knights of Santiago. Horse after horse, Mongol hordes and Spanish knights were falling, both sides suffered heavy casualties. General Saluador noticed the escaping Khanzada so he and his bodyguards chased and killed them all. He routed the remaining horse archers and won the battle. King Simon started to retrain the whole Spanish army in 1393. He died of a heart attack in his visit in Antioch in 1393.
King Vaasco II the Cruel, 1393-1449; b.1377 d.1449
King Vaasco II the Cruel, the mere mention of his name made men shiver and fall silent. He was the elder son of King Simon and the fourth king of the restored Valiente Dynasty. During his time, Spain is the largest and the strongest. He impressed the nobles by making Spain the most advanced in 1393, 1395-1400, 1402-1409, 1414-1427, 1430-1441, and 1443-1447. He survived the worst disasters in history of Spain. There were five popes in his era, all were of Spanish blood: Pope Ubaldus (1391-1394), Pope Amatus III (1395-1422), Pope Marcus (1422-1427), Pope Benencasa (1427-1431) and Pope Ventura II (1431-1455). Pope Amatus III called the Eighth Crusade on Jerusalem in 1396, but the pope declared it a failed crusade on 1401. He also decreed that in every revolt, extermination will be the answer. This act angered most of the nobles and the allied Christian nations. His visit to Novgorod, the Russian Capital, Princess Raina of Russia caught his interest. He married the wicked queen in 1415. In 1417, his explorers, which were financed by the nobles and the King himself in 1415, sighted a land inhabited by weird looking men with strange culture. The explorers’ guild immediately replied to this discovery by sending three fleets of caravels with arquebusiers, cavalry militias, and musketmen lead by Domingo the mean. Months later, Domingo’s army reached the Aztec city of Tlaxcala. The natives defended bravely but their strange weapons were no match to Spanish gunpowder. In the winter of 1418, Tlaxcala was conquered; Domingo built forts around the city and founded the first Spanish Colony in the Americas. The theologians’ guild and the Roman Catholic Church sent missions to this newly founded colony as well as merchants by the merchants’ guild. In 1420, the East Tlaxcala fort was besieged by Emperor Nopaltzin but Domingo the Mean successfully vanquished the emperor’s forces and killed the emperor. Meanwhile, in Europe, Denmark and Sicily declared war on Spanish-Russian Alliance in 1416. King Vaasco II condemned this act and immediately responded with full retaliation. In 1422, Prince Jacome met and killed King Ubaldus of Sicily at the Alpine pass. Overspending resulted to a brief bankruptcy in 1422, which was resolved by the Russian purchase of Spanish Riga (renamed after its conquest in 1417) for only 6640 florins per half year within 5 years. In 1425, Spain again experienced bankruptcy after the fall of Thorn and Antwerp to Denmark and the revolt of Edessa. The Ninth Crusade on Jerusalem (1421-1427) was cancelled by the newly elected pope, Pope Benencasa of Spain in 1427. The still decreasing economy of Spain arrived to passing over the control of Halych to Russia in 1428. While Spain faces the war against Denmark in north and Sicily in south, Spanish conquistadores along with the musketmen and arquebusiers conquered the Caribbean in 1422 and Miccosukee and Cholula in 1429. The conquest of Cholula by Domingo the mean was a success and yet a big lost, conquistadores killed Prince Tenoch the Merciless of the Aztec but the natives also vanquished Domingo in the battle. More arquebusiers and musketman were sent to Spanish colonies in America together with missionaries and merchants. The Spanish conquistadores, under the sword and cross mission, successfully absorbed the Aztec Empire at the fall of Tenochtitlan in 1436. In Europe, Captain Alfonso successfully ambushed and killed King Ynwie the Merciless of Denmark at the vast forest of Prague in 1432. Pope Ventura II of Spain called the Tenth Crusade on Jerusalem in 1434 but was again cancelled in 1439. Prince Jacome died while marching to Naples in 1441 and so the heirship was passed to Prince Vaasco, eldest son of King Vaasco II the Cruel. The fall of Naples in 1443 was the fall of Sicily to Spanish Kingdom. For the second time, a Danish leader has fallen in the might of Spain’s army, King Inge the Cunning of Denmark was slain by Captain Enrique at his conquest of Thorn in 1447. The 56 year rule of the then old King Vaasco II the Cruel ended with his death in 1449 at his house in Adana.
King Vaasco III the Saint, 1449-1481; b.1417 d.1481
Unlike his father, the fifth king of the restored Valiente Dynasty ruled with honor and chivalry. King Vaasco III the Saint carried the flame of chivalry and honor of his great grandfather, King Cristian the Watcher. King Vaasco the Cruel might be his biological father but the cruel king was never a father to him, apparently Vaasco III was just seen as an heir to the throne nothing more, nothing less. Ruy the Honest, the younger brother of Vaasco the Cruel, inherited their grandfather’s legacy of chivalry and he was the one who filled the gaps of his brother to his nephews. Vaasco the Saint, upon his ascension to the throne, wanted to settle foreign relationships through diplomacy rather than war. Diplomats were sent to Egypt, Mongols, Timurids, and Denmark but only Denmark listened to his proposal of ceasefire in 1452. He then, with no other choice declared an all out war to the Muslim factions. He appointed his younger brothers, Val the Crusader and Pablo the Handsome to the campaigns in the east. In 1453, Pablo the Handsome along with an army of Chivalric Knights and Gendarmes, killed Khan Mamdun of the Mongols and routed his horse archers. In 1455, Denmark offered the famous Princess Gynna the Beautiful of Denmark to the king in exchange of the cities of Hamburg and the newly annexed Novgorod knowing that King Vaasco will not refuse. Three months later, King Vaasco and Princess Gynna the Beautiful were married and the former enemy became an ally. However, not everyone was happy with this Royal arrangement, Spain’s long time ally, Russia, who never trusted these Danes, was infuriated. Pope Bonus of Spain called the Eleventh Crusade on Jerusalem in 1455. Val the Crusader joined and successfully taken Jerusalem in 1456, making the Kingdom of Spain into an Empire, the goal of his father’s grandfather and all the previous kings of Spain (End of the Game but still played through). Algonso el Valiente, King Vaasco the Saint’s youngest brother led the campaign against the Mongols in the Russian land. He successfully conquered Kiev (1457), Moscow (1460), Caffa (1461) and Ryazan (1462). These lands were then passed to Russian control in 1464. The envious Denmark was not happy with these acts and finally breaks the alliance and betrayed Spain in that same year. In 1466, Val the Crusader killed Khan Bodenchar of the Timurids and finally destroyed the horde. King Vaasco defended the eastern territories from the Egyptians while he started to send armies to Danish lands. Hamburg and Novgorod soon fell to Spanish Empire in 1470 from the declining Danish Kingdom. But in the midst of the Second Hispano-Danish War, Russia backstabbed Spain and attacked Novgorod in 1471. The death of the former Grand Duke Stanimir the Kind and the rise of Grand Duke Volchok the Mad from the opposing family may have caused this betrayal. The aging King Vaasco the Saint was so disappointed by the turn of events but he with the pope on his back continued the war effort against the infidels. He swiftly conquered the cities Helsinki (1473), Moscow (1474) and Kiev (1474) from the Russians and Arhus (1478) from Denmark. Meanwhile in the Egyptian lands, Pablo the Handsome conquered the great city of Alexandria in 1478. In 1480, the great general Val the Crusader died in Jerusalem where he was given a decent burial. A year later, the just and holy king, probably the most loved leader of Spain, died in Damascus at the age of 64. A marble tomb was built in his honor at the capital, Toledo.
King Agosto the Honourable, 1481-1517; b.1456 d.1517
The year was 1481 and the Spanish Empire stretches from Iberian in the west to Damascus in the east and Jutland in the north to Sahara in the south. It is the largest empire the world has ever seen. Only the Russian lands which are shared by the Russian Kingdom and the Mongol Horde, the Scandinavia under the Danes, the “Fertile Crescent” and the “Pharaoh’s Land” under the Egyptian Sultanate, and the insular realms of Britain and Ireland under the Scottish crown remain non Spanish when king Agosto the Honorable assumed the throne. This bachelor king grew with the priests and the theologians of the Theologians’ Guild HQ in Leon. This was the resolution of the Council of Nobles in protecting the heir of Vaasco III. Going back to 1456, a plot against the royal family was discovered by the king’s spy units. Assassins from Egypt who targets the Royal Family were caught in Toledo. The king’s family immediately moved to Leon with the priests and stayed there until 1468. King Agosto the Honorable was known to be the conqueror of the east. His generals conquered the Russians in 1487, Danes in 1488, and both Egypt and Mongols in 1501. His successes earned him the title Honorable after his name. During the summer of 1502, the Scottish Crown requested an audience to London regarding the arrangements of marriage to their princesses. The king’s younger brothers, Esteuao and Enrique, and his cousins, Diago, Areas and Sancho were sent to Scottish capital. However, while they were at sea, a storm hits their fleet and all the family members died. This tragedy, known to be “The August Tragedy”, left King Agosto the only surviving member of the renowned Valiente Family. He never had a queen to bear him an heir so he entrusted the heirship to his most trusted general, Gomes Hernandez. In 1517, the last of the renowned Valiente Family died of a heart attack in Toledo.
Leon Kings (aka The Queenless Kings 1517-1540) King Gomes Hernandez, 1517-1519; b.1458 d.1519
The four hundred long years reign of the Valiente family have finally ended upon the death of its last member, King Agosto the Honourable in 1517. General Gomes Hernandez, a descendant of Princess Marina Manuel (eldest daughter of King Cristian the Watcher), commander of the Royal Army in Iberia and the most trusted friend of the king, was chosen by king himself to be his heir. October of 1517, King Gomes became the 18th King of Spain and 3rd Emperor of the Spanish Empire. Spain conquered all the rival factions, the Papal States (controls Rome) and Scotland (controls Britain and Ireland) were allies. King Gomes then focused on internal affairs. Economic growth and retraining of the military forces, rebuilding of the newly annexed territories were his priority. No significant event happened during his term except his transfer of the capital from Toledo to his birthplace, Leon in 1519. Later that year, the 61 year old king died in Antwerp because of old age.
King Pasqual Alonso the Lewd, 1519-1537; b.1484 d.1537
King Pasqual the lewd, cousin of king Gomes and one of the generals of King Agosto the Honourable, was crowned king of Spain and Emperor of the Spanish Empire in 1519. Spain has enjoyed the wealth brought by trade and revenues. For the first time, chocolates from the western colonies reached the noble families in Leon. King Pasqual also gifted the Pope and Scotland a large amount florins for their cooperation with the Empire. While at peace with other kingdoms, internal unrest due to corruption and overpopulation spread throughout the eastern part of his empire. The raging unrest in the east resulted to the Egyptian Rebellion (Alexandria and Cairo Revolt) of 1533. King Pasqual led a fleet from Tunis to Alexandria and an army of knights to vanquish the rebellion. However during his siege of Alexandria in 1537, rebel pikemen killed him and his guards. The knights of Santiago did not lose morale and pursued the conquest of the rebel city in 1537.
King Ricardo II de Vigo the Gambler, 1537-1540; b.1483 d.1540
The sudden death of king Pasqual provoked more unrest in the eastern Empire. King Ricardo de Vigo, another general of King Agosto the Honorable and a far relative of the two previous kings (being a descendant of Princess Teresa de Bolaque, younger daughter of King Cristian the Watcher) assumed the throne in 1537. The nobles were becoming too influential during his time and the opposing families from the French region were uncooperative. The majority of the council of nobles voted their ally from the opposing family, General Alfredo de Mesa of Bruges, to be the heir to the throne while the king was on a mission in the Eastern Empire. Pope Oddus of Spain (pope, 1532-1540), an ally of King Ricardo, received reports from the papal delegates in Leon that these nobles and opposing families were plotting a coup against King Ricardo. The pope immediately sent his diplomats to King Ricardo in Corinth. When the news reached the king, he planned to destroy the opposition. He led his loyal army to the capital via the sea in 1540 but upon reaching the Balearic Sea, a tragic event happened. A massive fleet of pirates ambushed the royal fleet; only a few vessels reached the port of Zaragoza, the others were sank including the king’s.
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