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Title: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Vlad Staurov on 08 June, 2017, 11:28:46 AM
King Vlad had been travelling west to improve his diplomatic and trade relations. It was well known that for the last few years in Bohemia the climate had been good and there was no war. The Granaries were full, and more and more barrels were filling with  delicious Bohemian brandy.
 While on trade business he saw her for the first time. The first wish of his heart was to improve his acquaintance with that girl. He thought her beautiful, like an angel . He watched her for a moment. She was busy with a business deal...
 Days passed and he was more and more delighted by the young woman who had conquered his heart , until he decided that he wished to marry her and to share his life with her. He asked for her hand in marriage, but she could not accept without blessing from her queen, Queen of Scotland.  So Vlad kindly asked Queen Aviendha. She agreed that he could marry Mairead.
 The couple decided (together with their noble friends), that it would be perfect to have ceremony in Rome.  His Holiness,  Pope Alexander VII agreed to officiate, and Queen Aviendha Althor graciously accepted the request of Mairead that she give the bride away.

After the ceremony and celebrations in Rome, king Vlad planed another celebration in royal palace in Praha with all those guests who couldn't attend the wedding in Rome.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: (RIP) Alexander VII on 09 June, 2017, 03:04:44 PM
The request had come  to the Summus Pontifex, Alexander VII, for a happy occasion just at the perfect time; as Teos was always able to move the thoughts and actions of those who truly believed in Him and in Immanuelle. "Praise the Logos" thought the man to himself. After the troubling news from Iberia it was the perfect event to show the brightness and joys of the life under Immanuelle's teachings.

   It was a brilliant and clear morning, the 9th of June, 1317 when all had finally been put to order. Nearly a full day late, but it was His Holiness who asked the delay. He could not help but wish for some last minute improvements to make the setting as perfect for the bride and groom and their friends and visiting monarchs. It was not that he was vain about the trappings of the Holy See, it was more of a desire for perfection. He wanted them all to feel that much closer to the Almighty Teos, in His heaven. He sincerely hoped they would, but he was never sure to know.

  The crozier that had been granted to him from the King of Bohemia was already blessed, in all its glorious colors. The golden staff of the crozier was capped with the shepherd's hook and a small glass vial with the professed blood of a saint inside it. It was a very rich and marvelous work. It was not so beautiful as the Scottish bride.

  Yes, His Holiness, had witnessed the Lady and her Husband to be. He had caught them both praying in the Cathedral and had been more than a little pleased at their piety and faith. Very much like their good and pious bishop whose own spirit and prayers must have helped guide this couple to meet and to join.

  The bells began to chime and His Holiness realized  the ceremonial attendants must begin to gather soon. So he stepped forward and waited, watching the flow of living color cast in silks and hair. It was to be a grand celebration of Teos and Love and it all pleased Alexander VII almost as greatly as an initiation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: (RIP) Mairead Blach on 09 June, 2017, 06:01:53 PM
I stood at the doors of the great cathedral, nerves making me fuss with my dress. My Queen, Aviendha Althor took my hands to still them, and smiled down at me in my new finery. Her smile calmed me while an attendant rearranged the folds of my dress to fall properly after my nervous hands had set them in disarray. She reached for the posy of flowers held by another attendant, placing them into my right hand, and stepping to be on my left, holding her hand out. I placed mine atop hers, and took in a deep breath to steady myself. She nodded to the servants who moved to open the doors.

The organ music that had been muted by the thick oak planks of the door suddenly swelled, and my hand instinctively tightened on Aviendha's. She squeezed lightly back and patted my fingers with her free hand. With her eyes shining, she nodded to me again, and we turned to process into the Cathedral, slowly walking down the long nave of the Cathedral, the chandeliers above spreading rainbows through the already glittering and bejewelled assemblage of guests. My eyes however were fixed on the man standing in front of the Pope, the man I was here to marry. I could see in the set of his shoulders that he wished to turn and look at me coming to be joined as his wife, but he held himself in check.

Aviendha led me to his side, nodding to Pope Alexander as an acknowledgement that I was finally at my destination. Finally Vlad turned to look at me, his eyes bright, full of warmth and admiration as he took in my wedding attire of silks and jewels and my nervous smile.

We three stood before the altar as the Pope started the service, Vlad and I not touching till he asked who came to give me away. "I, Aviendha Althor, Queen of Scotland, give this woman to be wed to this man". As she spoke, she released my hand, then took my right hand and Vlad's left, and placed my palm in his. I glanced up at Vlad as she did so, the sudden warmth of his skin against mine feeling like electricity through to my very soul.

We said our vows before the altar, the service passing like a blur for me, happy as I was to be marrying this man, a chance meeting while I was on a trade mission leading to this point. He had been wearing plain clothing and no jewels, so I didn't realise he was king of Bohemia until one of the people in the market had pointed him out to her friend and told who he was. And now he was my husband, slipping a plain gold band onto my finger.

As the Pope spoke the last blessing, and asked Vlad to give his bride the kiss of Peace, I suddenly realised that the kiss, a very chaste and formal one, sealed our union, and from now until my death I was united with this man I loved, I was the Queen to his King, the other half of his heart, as he had described me.

We paused after the kiss, then turned to the congregation. I dropped into a deep curtsy, an acknowledgement of their presence as well as thanking them for being witnesses to our union. Vlad bowed to them, and then led me down the shallow steps, and to the main aisle of the nave, leading me back towards the doors I had entered, the organ music swelling once again, mingled with the voices of our guests raised in congratulations at our union.

Emerging into the bright sunshine outside the Cathedral, I turned to smile at my husband again, then we both waved to the assembled mass of people in the square who had come to see the royal wedding party. Vlad took a pouch from his belt, and reached in, bringing out a handful of silver coins, tossing them into the crowd, then did it again and again, sharing his good fortune with everyone. People had started emerging from the Cathedral behind us, so we moved forward to an open coach that would take us to the large marquee, where there would be food, music, dancing and drink for many hours to come.

Two thrones had been set up on a low dais in the marquee for us to sit on while we weren't dancing, so we could see and be seen, and we settled down to enjoy the celebration with all those who had come from far and wide to help us celebrate our wedding day.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Kent Spaggiari on 10 June, 2017, 09:18:33 AM
Sounds of joyous exclamations and congratulations for the youth were heard  few blocks from the church where the wedding was being held. All the inhabitants of Rome gathered around the church to witness this holiday of love.

And among them appeared the figure of a man whose face were covered by hood. No one paid any attention to him, the eyes of all were pointing on the newlyweds.
Well, that man was a famous pirate and raider,  and for his head a bag of gold was given in some of the kingdoms. Also, in Rome there were many who were secretly seeking to kill this pirate. But today he came to see how his friend found happiness with a loved one.

The man beckoned a young begger and gave him a gold coin to carry the congratulatory letter to Vlad. The letter contained congratulations and wishes for the newlyweds.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 10 June, 2017, 11:42:06 AM

Recently, Giulia had spent a lot of time all around in Flemish regions. Persistent newsstands announced the imminent arrival of a period of tightness. Somebody even argued that they would concern the whole world.
Skeptical, but not indifferent, she had followed the preparations for any sort of famine. In addition, a period away from capital and everyday tasks was what she needed for a long time.  Silence and peace to reflect on what turnaround to her beloved kingdom in the near future: a more flexible organization suited to the changes that have taken place in Flanders, but no less welcoming for young Flemish to be.
She was admiring the luxuriant forest around, when she noticed a stranger courier was approaching. She kindly smiled to him and said - It's evident on your face  your search for me was not short. Don't be afraid you will be properly rewarded for your commitment.
In reading the letter from the Bohemian King,  she lighted in a radiant smile and exclaimed - What a wonderful news, my dear friend!
Immediately she gave orders for starting the preparations to attend  wedding celebrations in Praha.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Eddard Stark on 10 June, 2017, 05:11:06 PM

Lord Stark came to attend the festival with his young wolves pack. Everyone knows him as a man of war. But since he usually do not go outside that much, nobody knew about his love for food. After enjoying the feast, he stood in front of the newly married king and queen,

"My lord and my lady, I am not a man of poetry. Please pardon me for that. I want to express my well-wishes from the bottom of my heart for your great and prosperous future. I also want to express my utmost gratitude for this amazing festival and obviously for the abundant and delicious food :) "

Eddard then nodded and left the palace with his pack of wolves and horses.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: (RIP) Istvan Hunyadi on 10 June, 2017, 07:58:07 PM

It was a beautiful church ceremony, from which I took the most gogeous prayer and blessing to the newlyweds of our Holy Father.
But in my astonishment I managed to log only the following his words:

"Marriage is a supreme sharing, perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure in the most intimate of human relationships.
It is the joyful uniting of a man and a woman whose care and affection and understanding have flowered into a deep and abiding love.
Those who take its sacred vows have their lives blended together into one, as the waters of two rivers are joined when they come together to form an even greater one.
A true spiritual marriage is an act of metamorphosis, a profound mystery of creation and rebirth, as two become one.
It is a process in which each can be challenged to discover new possibilities in themselves and each other.

In such a marriage, the wedding ceremony is the gateway into this mystery.
In this act, you open yourselves to a fuller experience and expression of the great, vast miracle of love.
No ceremony can create your marriage, only you can do that-through love, patience, dedication, perseverance-through talking and listening and trying to understand-through helping and supporting and believing in each other-through learning to forgive, learning to respect and appreciate your differences, and learning to make the important things matter and to let go of the rest.

What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you have made to begin a new life today as husband and wife.

Gracious Teos, spirit of life and love, we ask all blessings upon Vlad and Maireid in their life together.
May they be blessed with patience, to see them through times of tensions or conflict.
May they be blessed with kindness, to enable them to nurture and care for one another in times of pain or sorrow.
May they be blessed with a spirit of play and joyfulness, that they may participate fully in the beauties and pleasures of creation.
May they be blessed, finally, with a knowledge of the ever-flowing presence of love in the world, that they may be channels of this love to one another and to all whom they meet in their life’s journey."

Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Costance D'hauteville on 11 June, 2017, 12:31:11 AM
After the bride , Costance had been the first to receive the new of King Vlad’s wedding .
He was like a brother for her and Costance was happy for the joyful decision of her great friend to marry a pretty and lovely woman.

King Vlad had written her the first time he had met that young noble scottish lady and he had confessed  her that for the first time in his life , he felt his heart warmer.

Costance was so happy for him and she could not have a nicer day than that in which the official invitation to the wedding arrived to Sjaelland , at the royal palace .

She was thinking to King Vlad , a friend to whom speak with unreserve and whose counsel , in any difficulty , you could rely on, while she was sitting at the tea table waiting for her luggage .

And ..she would have met her friend Sidrach and lady Celestina , and other bohemian friends she did not meet since longtime . “Yes “ she thougth , “ this wedding will be the right occasion to visit Bohemia again and to meet some friends during the ceremony in Praha .”

Morning came and with it the hour for departure , Costance  came downstairs dressed for a journey .

“I shall be away for some days , Ingrid . My travel to Praha will start soon, His Majesty King Vlad of Bohemia will marry her betrothed ”, she said to her handmaid with enthusiasm.

Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Primula Maria Van Rossun on 11 June, 2017, 03:59:26 AM
From my royal palace, I was just focusing on eat, sleep and train, after my long travel to the Middle East and Part of the Central- Eastern Europe.

I always forgot something to do, and it just click in my mind ..." Ah, to reciprocate the kindness of Emperor Gregorios Kantakouzenos " , so I went back to my study room, wrote the letter to officially change our relation to his country, as friendly.

After giving it to my courier, I had to ask those in my  court and those visiting my court , what is the hottest news and I learned just recently he got married. So I went back to my study to personally write a letter of congratulations . This is what the letter contains.

From: Primula Maria Van Rossun
Sent on: 09-Jun-1317, 12:18
Sent to: Vlad Staurov

09-Jun-1317, 09:39   Alexander VII has officiated at Ancient Teological Church - Holy See - ROMA the marriage between Vlad Staurov and Mairead Blach.

Well just a congratulation to my friend and lead a happy life.

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Queen Of France
Leader of Primula Maria Van Rossun's Trading Company[/messagequote]

and the replied message to me , via his courier was something like this:
From: Vlad Staurov
Sent on: 09-Jun-1317, 12:22
Sent to: Primula Maria Van Rossun

Hi Primula,

Many thanks
You are faster than my organization.
I was goin to inform you and invite you to celebration in Praha, but it is still not ready :)


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Best Regards
King of Bohemia
So after getting that letter from my friend in the North, I decided to go to Praha and join the party there. Those who are free from doing anything , in my court where to join with me to go to Praha.  It is a chance to meet my friend,  after a long time, being the monarch of France and may I say "bless them " on their party.

Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Dusan Nemanjic on 11 June, 2017, 02:16:07 PM
Tsar Dusan Nemanjic was going to depart to Cairo for tournament,  but then he recived invitation from King Vlad with unbelievable news that King Vlad finally decided to give his heart to one woman.  Dusan had to see it with his own eyes,  so he told his man to prepare him fastest horse and to send scroll to his son Jerman who is overwatching construction in Africa,  that he is invited to wedding too. And Dusan will depart for Cairo after the wedding.
After some times on horseback,  Dusan has finally arrived to attend the wedding of his long time friend,  King Vlad... King Vlad and his wife waited in front,  so Dusan approached immediately to salute them

My friend,  its been a long time since we last time drink together and I am happy it is so joyful occasion as this!  And I congratulate you for marrying this beautiful woman,  I hope you will live long in happiness and that you will have many son's!
Then Dusan gave a smile to beautiful woman next to King Vlad,  now to be Queen Mairead Staurov Keep this man safe and have no doubts about your choice as you are marrying one of the best man I know. I congratulate to both of you and thank you for invitation for wedding,  I will leave you love birds now to enjoy this day and I am going to make sure that my man of war dont choke with all that food in his mouth. Dusan looked at Edd busy with all that meat and smiled and shaked his head as he knew for edd's love for food.  Dusan walked pet the wolf over his head and sitted next to Eddard breath my friend,  Serbia still needs you they laughing and then Dusan turn to young boy serving drink boy,  bring me best wine you have ... Maybe easier for you if you bring a barrel immediately  as we are going to feast and celebrate all night!
As boy bring wine to Tsar Dusan,  he stood up and raised his glass to salute married couple and all the guests...
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Gilda Merisi on 11 June, 2017, 06:37:27 PM
In those days, Queen Gilda was very busy in the reorganization of her small but great Kingdom of Jerusalem.
There was a lot of work for Queen Gilda yet, and many letters on the writing desk in Her royal palace. A commitment and a burden, but certainly another test of Her determination and faith, but also glory, for a new Kingdom, in the Holy Land.

Looking at Her letters, Queen Gilda found a letter with an invitation from king Vlad Staurov of Bohemia.
Gilda seemed to experience a strong emotion , almost as if She was experiencing the emotion of the day of Her marriage with Her beloved husband Theophilos...
Gilda thought  " It is a wonderful news! Love wins everything!!!
Marriage is a precious gift from Teos's hands and true love wants the joy  and wellbeing of family with the blessing of God

She smiled and thinking she and Theophilos could not miss this happy event!
In a hurry She asked to prepare a carriage to reach Her husband and then travel together to head for the celebration! She also thought this is a good opportunity to visit Bohemia, we will meet old friends and we will know new friends!

Finally arrived, Gilda saw the bride and the groom both, beautiful and radiant as only love can do!

Gilda did not personally know the bride, but looking at Her brilliant eyes and enchanted by Her extraordinary beauty, Gilda  immediately realized how much the heart of Queen Mairead was pure.
Queen Gilda greeted all Her friends and finally, She told to the King of Bohemia and His wife: "Husband and wife love each other and belong to each other. Be faithful and persevering. Teos's love reflects on marriage, and so, I wish you always to walk in the light of God and
Teos may always illuminate your hearts. Be happy!

Gilda Merisi, Queen of Jerusalem


Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Celestina Asen on 11 June, 2017, 06:50:25 PM
I am standing nere magnificent cathedrala waiting for ceremony. I can see people busy with their own duties not far from me. My hand is in my hand of my lovely husband. It is not as long His Majesty Vlad lead me to palace in Silesia ready to relay me to Michael X.  I am wishing Teos will stay with all of us.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Leseyk Hydros on 11 June, 2017, 09:30:20 PM
The king was dressed in untold finery, and his bride could have been one of Deus' own angels for she shone with a happiness that exceeded even the sparkling of her jewelry. The ceremony of their union was fantastic, with many happy glances shared between not only the bride and groom, but with many others. It was obvious that they were happy together, and this would be a beautiful marriage. With the two of them united in this manner, with happiness abound, it was clear that only success and prosperity was in the future for them and for their country.

The travel was inconsequential; Leseyk enjoyed traveling, actually. In another time, he always felt like he would have made an excellent traveling merchant, but events in his life continually led him in a different direction. Leseyk was a good friend of King Staurov and wouldn't have missed the wedding for anything, even though he was unfamiliar with the king's bride. Still, he hoped to get to know her and was sure she would be just as great as her groom.

The reception was just as great as the ceremony, with many friends all around, lots of fun to be had, and for a short time, the world was devoid of all problems.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Theophilos Katakouzinos on 11 June, 2017, 09:34:12 PM
It was unfortunate that I missed the wedding in Rome. When involved in government affairs your personal happiness and desires often are put aside.
It would for sure bring happy memories of my own wedding in the pontifical chapel.

But now I was in Praha one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen and I have traveled a lot.

The palace was decorated for the great feast and everything was perfect. The bride and the groom at the center of attention they both deserve. They might don't realise yet the big step they did in their lives, but they will soon enough. It took me a while to realise I am not still a bachelor, but a married man with responsibilities, but also pleasures and happiness I didn't have before.

I can only wish the same for the new couple. I met King Vlad in the past, discussed about politics, battles and a lot more men favorite topics and we became friends. He found his true love. I could see it in his eyes, and that made me very happy as well.

 I wish them all the happiness in the word and a successor to the throne as soon as possible.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Elizara Gray on 11 June, 2017, 10:37:50 PM
Fast and hardy messenger delivered official invitation to ceremony from King Vlad of Bohemia to Grand Princess of Kiev when the moon already was shining at the sky. Elizara read the message and decided that she would make decision tomorrow morning. Old Russian proverb says: "Morning is wiser than evening".

On the next day she read the letter again and started to think. Theological tradition of marriage was not unfamiliar to Elizara, but of course being the pious believer of Patriarchal Church she would prefer to see them married by the only True Faith, with blessing by Deus and Patriarch. Alas, Patriarch's decree prevented warriors of Deus to bring the light of True Faith to the lands of Theological kingdoms. So many kingdoms was left without blessing of Deus, but they saved their own traditions, ceremonies and beliefs. Was it right or wrong, but Elizara respected decision of Patriarch.

Anyway, she knew that governmental duties wouldn't allow her to travel a long way to Rome to attend the ceremony personally. But she felt her duty to answer to this invitation and express her congratulations to Vlad who was friendly to her and to Kiev.
So she called her scribe Feofan and started to dictate the letter.

"Dear King Vlad!

I send my best wishes to you and your wife. May your family grow strong and your sons be many and healthy. If one day you decide to ask for blessing of Almighty Triune Deus, both you and Lady Mairead are welcome in Basilica of Kiev.
My sincere apologizes that I didn't attend your wedding ceremony. I will drink a full cup of finest wine for your health and prosperity!

Elizara Gray,
Grand Princess of Kiev

Scribe Feofan quickly brought a scroll with freshly written letters and Grand Princess softly pressed her signet ring against the wax seal on fine paper.

- Feofan, - said Elizara, - Send our most sober messenger to deliver this scroll to King Vlad of Bohemia and his young wife. Make sure that messenger won't take too much alcohol with him. I know this popular legend about alcohol giving energy, but bring him my warning: if he drop his letter bag being completely drunk, it will be last mistake in his entire life. Now go, and may Deus bless his way!

Scribe Feofan

Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Jerman Nemanjic on 11 June, 2017, 11:49:38 PM
Jerman was in Africa when he got the invitation. Knowing, he will arrive late due to the distance, he hastily set sail for Serbia. From there he gathered his retinue and departed to Praha to congratulate the newly-weds.

This was his first time his destination was Praha. He was in this parts before, but never made the stop.
He also never learned the Bohemian language, but being of serbian descent, he was able to communicate anyway.

Pozdrav Kralj Vlad!
We haven't got the opportunity to formally meet yet, but I am sure you know my father, Tsar of Serbia. I was delighted to hear of your invititation thus giving me the opportunity to meet you and your lovely wife.
As a gift i have brought you four barrels of Rakija. Each barrell is from a land my father rules. There is one from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Zeta. From what I have heard it is a very similiar drink like yours Palenka. It brings me many joys, so I hope it will bring them to you as well - no more than your lovely wife though, of course.
As we say, the marriage is a Mithelin's work, so it must be cherished above all else!
Now, allow me to go talk to my father, who I haven't seen in a while. Cheers!
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Vlad Staurov on 12 June, 2017, 12:01:09 AM
The messenger from Kiev arrived soon. In Sober condition. But when king Vlad took the sealed scroll and ordered servants to serve him full cup of slivovitz (domaca), he didnt reffused kindly answered thankful words and drinked it very quickly in 1 shoot. Till king was reading the scroll, servants offered him more cups of that 52% fruit. In Bohemia people alwais go drink only 1 cup - "lets go have one", but drink more.   

His Scribe was busy by writting wedding invitations, but king interupted him and ordered him to write folowing:

Dear Elizara, Grand Princess of Kiev,

I am fully aware that city of Rome is too far for you. Exactly due to this reason we hill feast have another celebration. Here in Praha.
Most of my friends are around Praha, so they will welcome this choice.
It is not so far from Kiev. You can travel via Hungary or via Poland. Tre celebration will be hold in traditional slavic style. Eating, dancing, drinking, singing. 
If it is possible, that you or your delegation can come, you are heartily welcome, if no, I will fully accept your apologizes in your scroll and join your kindly gesture by drinking wine :).

Vlad Staurov

When the Scroll was ready (both copies), he ordered to servants to find a room for the messenger from Kiev and he choosed another messenger. Messenger from Kiev received the second coppy on next day. 
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Principe De Sangro on 12 June, 2017, 12:08:21 AM
It was longtime Principe was in Varmland , a splendid region at north , where his Queen had sent him to supervise the workers building the new castle.
A good tavern and a beautiful forest where to hunt delighted him and he was just at the tavern drinking a beer , when a courier found him and delivered him a message.

Principe started to read : “ King Staurov from Bohemia ...mmmmm ...some new trades ? “ he thought , then he continued to read ; “ Nooooo...unbelievable ! King Vlad will be married soon!
We passed together some funny and interesting nights in Praha , during my travels for trades …, and now, he takes a wife !  “ he laughed .

“ A horse ! “ he ordered to his squire , “ I have to reach the closest port and sail to Sjaelland .
Her Majesty will surely permit me to sail with her . She is the perfect companion for a long journey , I will enjoy her conversation “ , and ending to drink his beer , he went out of the tavern .
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: (RIP) Alexander VII on 12 June, 2017, 12:02:56 PM
After being invited to officiate the wedding of the King of Bohemia and the Scottish Ambassador, the Summus Pontifex had been made to realize that His Majesty, Vlad Staurov, and the affianced Lady, Mairead Blach, had wished to proceed with all the haste that such young couples in love always held in their hearts. His Holiness, Alexander VII, also knew that the church regimen had a strict code requiring the publishing of the ban no less than 30 days ahead. It was no great problem in this though, and Alexander knew the real reason for bans to be published was to give a message in case of the bride or groom having other obligations or disqualifications for marriage. These were times when kidnapping or sale of women were still not unheard of, or of a man or woman having been betrothed and sometimes already wed to another but wanted a new life. Such abuses were not possible to erase as long as lust and weakness could be found. Still, this was the King of Bohemia and a noble ambassador. It was very likely they would not betray their people by allowing such a base injustice to occur and they must surely have examined all they could know about the other. Taking prayer and counsel from the Omnipotent Teos and searching his spiritually granted wisdom, Alexander the VII had consented to a special dispensation regarding the 30 days and permitted a reduction to at least a week. Being who they were he was also certain any evidence would have come back as fast as the news actually traveled out. He had not heard anything regarding this very important couple and was pleased to be standing to receive the wedding party and their supplies, not to mention that the couple and the Bishop Hunyadi of Bohemia. They had even made a sizable donation to the church and a remarkable personal gift of a great Golden Crozier, almost certainly the equal of any royal goldsmith and jeweler. 

  Alexander VII had agreed to celebrate  the Matrimony Ceremony in the Catedrale de San Rocco, but he insisted that he be assisted by His Grace, Istvan Hunyadi, and (as he was present for the matter of a personal report) also Cardinal Axel Richard von Fersen Bourbon. They were both significant men whom he respected and would share such a jubilant celebration of faith with. The two ranking clergy had preceded as the customary altar servers. Cardinal Axel, being from the diocese in Scotland lead the bride, Lady Blach. Bishop Istvan approached leading the groom, Vlad. The men of Teos clergy each bore lighted candles. Ahead of them came a young acolyte swinging gently the smoking scented censer. The thurifer and his censer left when he reached the altar and passed one time a circle around it and His Holiness. As the wedding celebrants and their escorts followed. The clergy standing behind each shoulder of the Summus Pontifex, together with him formed a trinity of light which all turned to face bride and groom and their escorts, Scotland's Queen Aviendha Althor,  and Austria's Archduke Michael X. Each and every one a true and righteous believer in Teos!


  The Summus Pontifex, dressed in his finest vestments had Stepped forward then, lating the couple's hands together and cupping them all in his own. Then he stepped back and lowered his crozier so the top hook, with its sacred relic trapped in glass at the center, laid upon their hands. Then he suddenly felt light in the head and as if his entire spirit were being stretched out from his entire body so it could gather in all the gathering.....and more. Then he remembered his voice speaking such words of grace he could only know later, as if they came from the Logos directly. Later he found the bishop remembered well.

"Marriage is a supreme sharing, perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure in the most intimate of human relationships.
It is the joyful uniting of a man and a woman whose care and affection and understanding have flowered into a deep and abiding love.
Those who take its sacred vows have their lives blended together into one, as the waters of two rivers are joined when they come together to form an even greater one.
A true spiritual marriage is an act of metamorphosis, a profound mystery of creation and rebirth, as two become one.
It is a process in which each can be challenged to discover new possibilities in themselves and each other.

In such a marriage, the wedding ceremony is the gateway into this mystery.
In this act, you open yourselves to a fuller experience and expression of the great, vast miracle of love.
No ceremony can create your marriage, only you can do that-through love, patience, dedication, perseverance-through talking and listening and trying to understand-through helping and supporting and believing in each other-through learning to forgive, learning to respect and appreciate your differences, and learning to make the important things matter and to let go of the rest.

What this ceremony can do is to witness and affirm the choice you have made to begin a new life today as husband and wife.

Gracious Teos, spirit of life and love, we ask all blessings upon Vlad and Maireid in their life together.
May they be blessed with patience, to see them through times of tensions or conflict.
May they be blessed with kindness, to enable them to nurture and care for one another in times of pain or sorrow.
May they be blessed with a spirit of play and joyfulness, that they may participate fully in the beauties and pleasures of creation.
May they be blessed, finally, with a knowledge of the ever-flowing presence of love in the world, that they may be channels of this love to one another and to all whom they meet in their life’s journey."


Then Cardinal Axel stepped forward in between the altar and the bride while Alexander VII turned to Queen Avienda, "Your Majesty, do you affirm that the Lady, Mairead Blach, does come to this union willingly and without previous obligations, reservations, or coercion? That she wholeheartedly accepts and embraces this union? As Teos is your witness, speak true."  When she had replied the Bishop Istvan moved forward to the groom and Alexander VII asked much the same question of the Austrian Archduke. ""Your Majesty, do you affirm that the Lady, Mairead Blach, does come to this union willingly and without previous obligations, reservations, or coercion? That she wholeheartedly accepts and embraces this union? As Teos is your witness, speak true." Receiving the answer of Michael X,  both the attending clergy passed their candles to the bride and groom and returning to face the church behind the Summus Pontifex.

 Having heard positive answer from both witnesses, the couple pronounced this formula in unison while lighting
 a larger candle now held by the Summus Pontifex engraved with much decorative design. " I (each speaking their own name) promise, in front of Teos, to respect the Sacred commitment of matrimony which only the death will be able to break" Then they both blew out their candles leaving only the one united flame. the extinguished candles were handed to Michael and Avienda who moved to seat in the front rows held for them.

The earlier altar boy, the thurifier, now came back with rings on an ornately carved ivory plinth. At this point, spouses kneel in front of the Altar and receive the blessing of the Priest. Then the wedding rings were exchanged after Alexander VII gave the benediction.

 "Ego conjungo vos in matrimonio in nomine Patris, Filii et Spiritus Sanct. Quae Teos coniunxit nemo separit".
(I join you in marriage, in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And what Teos hath joined together no other can separate.)

  Then the couple was lifted up and presented by the 3 clergy.
"Here is the joyous couple of Vlad and Mairead. They are the proof of love and now united as husband and wife in the eyes of Teos and the eyes of the congregation of the Ancient Theological Church."

Saying this the couple left passing between the guests as they went out to share their faith and their lives.


After a brief gathering to to congratulate the couple, His Holiness excused himself and Cardinal Axel Richard so they could complete the report from Iberia. (,17895.msg119466.html#new) Alexander VII, at least, was not going to be able to remain for everyone or make it to Praha. Then His Holiness returned to the Lateran Palace of Blessed St Rocco and exchanged his vestments
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: (RIP) Michael X Freiherr von Obenaus on 12 June, 2017, 09:57:40 PM
Dear Pope Alexander VII,
My Dear Friend Vlad,

it was a real pleasure for me and my Wife Celestina Asen to attend this wonderful wedding between Vlad Staurov and Mairead Blach. We both want to thank you for this ceremony and may Teos bless us all. To be Vlad´s Witness was unbelievable, but it showed our friendship wich has growen day by day. What a wonderfull day for Vlad and Mairead and my wife and me. May you feel and get what i got with my wife celestina, wish you a lot of kids and may Teos be with you and your family.

may Teos bless us all!

Freiherr Michael X
Archduke of Austria
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Prometeo Cagliostro on 13 June, 2017, 01:15:36 AM
Bishop Cagliostro appreciated the elegance of the ceremony, impeccably celebrated by the Holy Father in an imposing and evocative context. He had admired the new couple, their happiness and emotion were transmitted to all. The friendship that bound the bishop with his old friend, King Vlad, was strong and sincere: often they had agreed on important decisions only by looking into their eyes without uttering any word. Both knew they could rely on the other when needed.
All Venetian people asked the Bishop to delivery to the groom a precious gift to demonstrate him the esteem that the bohemian king had earned in Venice, so the prelate patiently waited for his turn to congratulate and greet his friend.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Laura De Lanza on 13 June, 2017, 12:38:48 PM
Laura and Guido , her husband, had received an invitation to the wedding of His Majesty Vlad Staurov form Bohemia.
He was a true friend and the couple was happy to join the royal wedding.

They arrived in Praha and were soon settled in a comfortable lodging where they could to change in something more elegant for being received at court.

Laura looked at her husband with an ogle, she hoped that King Vlad’s wedding could be happy as theirs.
Her husband was approaching her with a cup of blackberries offering her the fruits and eating a handful.

“ Well my dear….nobody will notice if we arrive at the feast with a bit late “, she smiled at him artfully.
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Post by: (RIP) Mairead Blach on 13 June, 2017, 08:55:37 PM
I look around at all the people who have come to wish my new husband and I well in our marriage. Vlad has so many friends that I am soon lost in the array of faces, names and titles of all the people who come to speak to him. Despite my position as Ambassador to Scotland, I am still very new to the circles outside of Scotland, and am slightly overwhelmed by the number of people who are so familiar with my beloved Vlad.

I nod and smile as he introduces me to various people, saying my thanks to those who wish us well.  I hope to be a good assistant to my husband, and vow to become better acquainted with the glittering array of nobles in attendance, as well as those who couldn't join us on our wedding day, and the common people who form the backbone of our beautiful country of Bohemia.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: (RIP) Arthr Ritz on 14 June, 2017, 02:06:30 PM
Queen Isabella quickly summoned Urbino Sir Arthr RITZ's vassal for urgent communication.

The death of their beloved RE ODDANTONI had deeply shaken the whole kingdom and their allies leaving an unmistakable void. There were many things to do and many were the commitments to carry on and among them there was also the Pope's visit to Urbino.

The Queen asked her vassal to represent the Queen and the Kingdom of Italy for marriage between the King of Bohemia and the queen of Kiev.

Sir Arthr RITZ was very honored with this request and immediately went on a journey. That was his first post abroad after Oddantonio's death and did not deny himself that he was very excited.

He arrived in Bohemia and was welcomed by the ceremonies and showed the letter written by Queen Isabella.

To His Royal Highness
Bohemian King, Vlad Staurov

Your Highness,
I thank you for the welcome invitation to your wedding with Milady Mairead Blach. This happy event still makes life enjoyable in this world.

Unfortunately Your Grace, the commitments I have taken previously and because of a serious deprivation due to the disappearance of my beloved King Oddantonio Montefeltro, don’t allow me to take part in your wedding celebration.
However, the Marquis Sir Arthr Ritz, Vassal of Urbino, will be happy to attend the sacred rite, in my representation and all the people of the Kingdom of Italy.

We are close to you at this time of joy and we wish you and your kind Bride a long happy life and rich of the royal offspring.

Sincerely Yours

Urbino, 11 June 1317

Queen of Kingdom of Italy

In doing so, he handed over to one of his companions the gift that Queen Isabella had taken care to make the new moves and delivered it to the bridesmaids


Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Elizara Gray on 15 June, 2017, 01:37:55 AM
Once she arrived to Praha, Elizara Gray immediately found her servant who was sent there two days before her. His duty was to hiddenly investigate what happens there and warn her in case of danger.

Of course there was no reasons to think that such noble man as King Vlad would even decide to make some trap for a Grand Princess of Kiev. But who knows what enemies could hide in shadows and lights of such massive celebration? Long time spent on war taught Elizara that only dead person can't shoot in your back. The same reasons made her always wear her armor instead of silk dresses, like any other lady would prefer.

- Psst, M'lady, - hoarse voice called from a small unnoticeable archway. - It's me, Mikhail.

Lean but wiry man with a face of serial killer waved a hand and quickly disappeared in darkness of shadowy archway. Elizara followed him not without doubts, knowing that loyalty of this man only depends on silver he receives for his service.

- Did you notice anything strange, Mikhail? - Asked Grand Princess. She slowly went into shadows, waiting while her eyes could see all details. No danger here, it means enemies didn't buy her servant's loyalty, yet. - Any person who would like to spoil my presence here? Anyone I should prefer to see dead?

- They all celebrate, M'lady... - Mikhail made a crooked grin. - Too much nobles as for me. They shouldn't be dangerous now.

- Let's hope so. Here is your payment. - Elizara threw small pouch and it landed with silver jingle into a large palm of the man.

She slowly moved several steps back and then turned around moving out from this dark place, back to the beautiful streets of Praha. Once she stepped out, Elizara heard a whisper:

- Oh, one more thing, M'lady. This evening one Italian noble mentioned you, he said that King of Bohemia married queen of Kiev. I think he was too drunk and it means nothing. But keep an eye on him, maybe his thoughts are all about you.

Mikhail, spy of Grand Princess of Kiev

marriage between the King of Bohemia and the queen of Kiev
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Elizara Gray on 15 June, 2017, 10:35:40 AM
With her armor and traveler cloak Elizara easily could pass for a mercenary, but it could also reveal her identity. She knew that Bohemian laws prohibit wearing of armor, and though she managed to hiddenly pass into the city while gate guard was distracted, but she should have been more cautious. With a heavy heart she left her armor in a house belonging to one of her agents and put on a simple dress. When in Prague, do as the Praguers do.

She decided to spend her evening and night incognito in tavern in Praha, while watching what happens around her and how simple citizens of Praha live. Barkeeper immediately discerned her Kievan accent but fortunately nothing more. He was very friendly as well as other people whom Elizara met in tavern and on streets. Bohemian people celebrated their King's wedding happily and heartily.


Morning was quiet and sleepy, unlike the evening. Citizens and guests of Praha was resting before new round of celebrations. This day Grand Princess finally changed her simple dress to new royal clothes and moved to Royal Palace to join celebrations and personally greet King Vlad and Queen Mairead.
On Staroměstské square there was many tents and carts prepared for festival and Elizara made a notice for herself that she must return here later today.

But now Grand Princess should do what she should do: be noble and look majestic. With a deep breath and a slight smile she stepped into the gates of Palace. The first servant who quickly came to her, was asked to lead her to hall where she could join other guests and meet His and Her Royal Majesty. Show must go on!
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Giulia Aldobrandeschi on 15 June, 2017, 11:35:48 AM

After a pleasant journey, Giulia and her royal escort were approaching the walls of the Bohemian capital.
In turning toward Lord Robrecht de Béthune, Marquis of Friesland and Chancellor  of Flanders, she gently smiled and said -
We need a little rest in a tavern before head to the Royal palace for the celebrations. May you address the mater, Lord de Béthune?
Definitely their horse clothes were not the best outfit to attend a wedding party, even if she was looking forward to meet in first person the bride of her old-time friend Vlad. Some memories of a very old past time resurface in her memory, but she shook her head and spurred Auster toward the bridge.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: (RIP) Robrecht de Béthune on 15 June, 2017, 01:59:04 PM
In the distance I can already discover the surrounds of the Bohemian capital, Prague. My God it's been forever ever since I opened the Embassy of Flanders here. Upon approaching the bridge that provides access to this wonderful city, I was helped by the sweet voice and so forth, the engaging smile of my Queen Giulia Aldobrandeschi, from my daydream.
Indeed, after such a long trip on horseback, we had to get breathed and refresh ourselves before we went to the wedding ceremony of His Royal Highness Vlad and Her Royal Highness Mairead.
I remembered a nice, cozy tavern on the ford of Vltava at Charles Bridge, which replaced the former Judith bridge. A typical Prague tavern, worthy of the Royal Highness of Flanders.
So I bowed my head to her Majesty, and spurred my horse forward, all the while speaking to the Queen of Flanders: Allow me to lead Her Royal Highness the way through this maze of alleys to a tavern in Prague on the Charles Bridge over the Vltava, Her Majesty worthy.
Without waiting for her Majesty's answer, I drove my horse into the narrow alleys.
The scurry of a royal escort through the narrow streets towards the Charles Bridge, many people did stand aside and drew curious glances at the windows of the cozy cottages.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Vlad Staurov on 16 June, 2017, 04:10:17 PM
Circulating through the guests with her wife by his side made king Vlad extremely happy.
There was so much noble guest and delegations. He went to welcome all of them as soon as was possible (till he isn't drunk, tired or in chambers with his new  stunning wife).

He saw a big delegation of people, definitely from Serbia. It was impossible for him to not recognize his friend king Dusan. After exchanging some short words he asked him:
Who is the elegant and strong young boy next to you ? Dusan was glad to introduce his son Jerman. My son has a gift for you my friend. Rakija from 4 Serbian lands was really good gift. There will be use for it in Bohemia Thank you. Lets go try it all together :)
When the cups were in hands, Vlad asked:
Lord Eddard is not here ? Really ? 
Of course he is with us answered Dusan. He is around, we just sent for him to say cheers with us.
And than Vlad saw something that he will remember forever ! So many happy children  standing around beautiful dogs. After drinking a cup of Rakija, Vlad promised  to his friend Eddard an young Bohemian Spotted Dog

Vlad saw his good friend Leseyk from Stetin and introduced him his wife.
My friend I am so honored you joined the celebration. My wife is a good merchant, we even meet on trade mission. I am sure you will like her and will use opportunity to trade !

Of course there was his princess lady Celestina and her Husband Michael, regent of Austria.
Bishop Istvan was there as well. He cant be missing there. He wasn’t only bishop, but really good friend of Vlad. And now even with his wife Mairead.

When he turned his head he saw another old friends
(.... to be continued)
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Costance D'hauteville on 16 June, 2017, 11:49:04 PM
She had left the power of the north wind sailing on the royal ship , travelling through the Baltic sea.
Her ambassador, Lord De Sangro, had  suddenly reached her asking to be part of her train to the royal wedding in Bohemia.
When they desembarked , they went on riding to Praha : Costance ‘ eyes were here, there, everywhere , as they approached its fine and striking environs . She felt happy .

She was resting in the tower rooms of the royal palace she had been offered for the night , when Ingrid, her maidenroom, entered the room with the green satin gown and the pearls she had chosen for the wedding party .
Helped by the girl, Costance ended to wear her new gown and followed by her guards , she reached the Great Hall where the marriage feast had started.

Many courses were served, artists entertained the guests between dishes and musicians played pipers and fiddles.

King Vlad was there , the intelligent and lively eye and the pleasing countenance of a charming man .
The bride was fair and beautiful , happy for the love and the devotion in her groom’ eyes .

The king and the queen stepped outside the place of honor  to accept congratulations.

Costance approached them raising a goblet high and smiling at the couple :

“ To the King and the Queen ! , she said , and they drinked togheter.

“ It gives me a great joy to be here sharing this splendid moment with you , my dear friends “ , she told , taking Vlad and his wife’ hands in hers .

"I am sincerely grateful to you , dear Queen Mairead “, she added looking the young queen in her eyes. “You brought joy and love in Vlad’s life and I am sure all the bohemian people will rejoice with me for this. He will be the rock where to build your life together on, and you’ll be the sun who will permit him to face every day a new challenge .
Live in peace and joy ,my friends . May this day be unforgettable for you, both ,“ she ended with a great smile to the couple  and aother toast in their honor.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: (RIP) Sofie Falkenburg on 17 June, 2017, 06:14:07 PM
Sofie read Vlad's invitation to his wedding and she was happy to receive word from her long time friend again after a felt eternity. She did not make it to Rome, but she would not want to miss the festivities in Prague. Her husband Marius was too busy to join her, but when she entered aborad of a ship sailing to the mainland she still was hoping that Marius would be able to maybe follow her later. While she was making sure that her horse Mira would be taken good care of during the journey, Sofie thought about Vlad. She hand't seen him since ages, she felt. His wife, Mairead Blach ... Sofie wrinkled her nose, tilting her head thoughtfully. She had heard that name, but she was quite sure she never met her.

Brandenburg with its wonderful landscape was a joy to travel. As always Kurt and Simon escorted her. Kurt, her guard while she was vassal and later regent in Austria, always followed her, if it was Normandy or later Sweden. And young Simon, in the meantime no boy anymore but a young, strong man of 22 years of age, considered Kurt as his mentor and friend. So Sofie could always count on their presence and protection whenever she travelled.

They crossed the river Vltava, or river Moldau, as it was called in German, and Sofie was impressed of the wonderful bridges and building and the impresive landscape. In a recommended inn Sofie freshened up a bit and changed her clothes. She chose her green dress and a white coat, well, actually she was mainly wearing green, Odin's colour and within short she entered the palace, almost stunned by the beauty of the halls, but also by the gathered crowd. She recognised the one or other of the guests, nobles she met before, others she heard of but never met personally. Some reminded her of her past, but she had closed that chapter for good.

Sofie was sure that she would find bride and groom inmidst the loudest gathering of guests and tried to make her way towards them. In her arms she carried a bottle of blessed mead, as well as a bundle of crops, the traditional wedding gift in Sweden to grant that the bridal couple would never have to suffer from hunger. Both, the bottle and and bundle were each wrapped in a small traditionall Swedish quilt.
When she finally found a chance to make her way towards Vlad and Mairead, she offered them a wide, happy smile with a respectful curtsy.
"Vlad, my friend, I am thankfull that you allow me to be part of this important day. Although I am sorry to say that my husband was too busy to join me. But he sends his best wishes and warm regards."

Sofie handed the bundle of crops to Vlad. "May you and your wife never suffer from hunger, my friend."
While handing the bottle of mead to Mairead, obviously from Scotland, as her accent told Sofie, she added "Please accept this bottle of blessed mead from Odin's Hof at Ostergotland. May the happiness that you feel today stay in your hearts forever and may you be blessed with luck and love and strong and healthy sons."
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Daniel Mcfinnigan on 18 June, 2017, 07:39:19 PM
A little late, but better than not showing up at all. Captain Daniel was dressed to impress, noble clothes of fine silk and linen, despite his peasant status. His job and prestige afforded him such fine luxuries to be presented at the wedding of Ambassador Blach, a good friend of mine.

While there weren't many people around, those whom were, were but all nobility and very important people. Daniel didn't quite fit in the noble crowd, but he'd make do on this occasion. While looking around for the newly married couple, he took his time, enjoying the sights and prestige of the wedding.

After a few moments, he finally caught up to the newly married couple.

"Vlad, you're a very lucky man, Mairead is a very good member of Scotland and we will miss her duly. I know you'll take care of her though, just from a few personal dealings I can see you're a man of honor and integrity. It is my honor to see you as her husband" He said as he bowed before the couple.

"Mairead, it is with great sadness that I will be seeing you leave Scotland but it is overshadowed by joy that you'll be happy with Vlad and be able to continue to do what you love and meet new people in Bohemia. I can only hope to see what will come in the future. Very happy for you two" He exclaimed.
Title: Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
Post by: Lilly Veneda on 19 June, 2017, 12:29:04 AM
Honourable King of Bohemia and My Dear Friend along with Lady Mairead Blach,

I sincere regret that I am occupied by important duties and I can not come  to celebrate so beautiful day.  Day of Your wedding!

In the name of Poland I wish you and Beautiful Bride  many memorable moments, much happiness and  joy. Have a great wedding day and may your marriage be filled with wonderfully happy times.

Like a candle in the dark,
May both of you find light with each other.

Please accept, Your Majesty, the assurances of my highest esteem and warmest congratulations.

Sincerely Yours
Lilly Veneda