The masses of Jesuits seems pretty out of left field, except for, well, it being pure OTL. Love that sort of thing in ATLs.
Oh my yes!I can see future conspiracy nuts going gaga over Corsica -- Jesuits, Kabbalah, King Theodore, Masons...
Indeed. Bit of an irony there.Yeah, an update!
These Jesuits could do wonders for literacy and overall development of Corsica.
Things are going to be interesting.
Given the hostility the native Corsicans have towards the Greeks and, to a lesser extent, the Jews, how will they see these Spanish Jesuits?
Well, it helps that the Jesuits are indisputably Catholic. The Pope may have dissolved the Society for political reasons, but it's not like they're heretics or something....
...This is not to say the Spanish Jesuits will always be welcomed with open arms. If they acquire economic power or political influence it could certainly breed resentment among the natives, particularly native elites. As Catholic Spaniards, however, the Jesuits are starting off with a lot more trust and goodwill than either the Greeks or the Jews.
Which I guess raises the question: how do the Jesuits feel about the various groups of Corsicans, high and low, and including the Greeks and the Jews?
It’s going to be a sad day indeed when King Theodore shuffles off this mortal coil. I do hope that the TL continues to follow his heirs and that they are at least fractionally as wonderfully eccentric as Theodore.
Do new Jesuits count towards the priest cap? I imagine there would be some robust rivalry between the various religious orders to have their particular brand get the most recruits.
Do modern stereotypes about Jesuits (academic, revolutionary, more secular minded than other orders) apply during this period? Or are the Jesuits of the 18th century closer to the fanatical & mystical devotion of Loyola?
Are the Danish still mucking about in Corsica with their merchants or has that yet to happen?
Always with your references in hand! Half the pleasure of reading your timeline is your deep dive into questions that people ask. Keep up the good work!