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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #15 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!


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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #16 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 :).

Cheers
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. 

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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #17 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 .

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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #18 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.

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"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."

Amen.

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.

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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. 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
Faith Defines All Things; their remembrances clearly defined make them living custom.

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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #19 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


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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #20 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.
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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #21 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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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #22 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.

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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #23 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.

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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





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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #24 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.



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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #25 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!
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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #26 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.



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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #27 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.
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« Reply #28 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)
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Re: Royal Wedding in Bohemia
« Reply #29 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.