The Brandon boys would probably be of better standing, though being related through marriage hasn't stopped double marriages before...
I will go into more details on religion in an epilogue, but in a nutshell: as far as I have worked out - Normandy goes Calvinist next generation. There is no official Church of England, but the monarchy goes Protestant on the mainland towards the end of the century. There is no Union with Scotland, although Ireland becomes a Kingdom within the Empire in the OTL Victorian era... And the Tudors are still on the throne in 2020, though who the monarch is I haven't worked out.I have to admit, I'm not one of the people who is super familiar with the dynastic intrigues of the time. To me, the real impact of this is averting the creation of the Anglican Church - and, it would seem, England holding on to Normandy for an extended time. There's also a good chance that the union with Scotland won't happen.
Now, I can see a few possibilities for England's religious future:
1. England remains Catholic (albeit not without some level of religious dissension). This would likely make Catholicism the overwhelmingly dominant branch of Christianity in the world, dominating all of the Americas, much of Africa, and probably Oceania, as the only major Protestant colonial power would be the Netherlands. For that matter, England might support the Spanish in the Low Countries, meaning that they hold on there (or at least we get a Catholic Netherlands). We could also see a much more pleasant relationship with Ireland, possibly granting the Irish clan chiefs seats in the House of Lords.
2. A future English king goes Protestant. If the motivation to break with Rome is religious in nature, that means an alternate Church of England that is probably officially Lutheran (or maybe Calvinist). This would probably lead to religious warfare in England, but would also probably tie England closer to Scandinavia and northern Germany, including the higher likelihood of English intervention in the alternate Thirty Years' War (because there will almost certainly be a giant clusterfuck/horror show with religious overtones in Germany at some point).
3. English Protestant rebels overthrow the monarchy. IOTL, much of England became Calvinist despite the official religion being Anglicanism, so the same process could happen ITTL. It could lead to a republic as with the OTL English Civil War, or perhaps the rebels invite in a foreign king. This could even be an extension of the *Thirty Years' War.
Oh, there will be, but I didn't think of investing Lionel in Wales until it was too late - I'd had him invested in his County Palatine instead. That being said, he's about to spend much of his life at Ludlow hereafter, and his children will grow up there, so that might soothe some ruffled feathers.So the Prince of Wales wasn't invested in Wales, and the largest Royal Progress in years didn't even visit?
Bet there are some narked nobles in Conwy, Carnarvon etc - though I guess it does depend on the Raglan to Chester route...
Well, Henry's going to war again, two of his children have very unhappy marriages, and by 1586, the Tudor dynasty hangs on the slender twin threads of two young boys' lives, so make of that what you will.So it's about to go downhill?
Things were going too well.
Nope, sorry. Normandy stays English for the long-term now. Henry's invested too much to lose it - and the Tudor empire is much like Henry II's ITTL, though I think they'll still take bits of the OTL British Empire where they can, though I don't think they'll go as far south as Australia this time around - it's more of a northern hemisphere empire ITTL than a Southern Hemisphere one. Somewhere in my head, the Tudors keep the thirteen American colonies, but don't go as far south. I haven't decided the details of where else they flex their muscles, though.I really hope France kicks the English out for good soon...
Thanks! Well, I don't think there's any major conflict between their nations, but I don't see Scotland and England joining ITTL, certainly not as early as OTL, anyway. British power is much more southern-England and northern-France centred ITTL. I think, if Scotland joins with anyone ITTL, it could well be Denmark and Norway, but I'm not sure of any of that. As I said to Blue, I see the Tudor empire as being centred on England, Normandy and todays USA ITTL, but I haven't fleshed out anything, not even epilogues, past 1586. But I do know that the first of the dramas I have cast, 'Time of Grace', was broadcast in 2009 TTL to mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII's accession to the throne. I haven't picked an exact date for the second's airing yet...Aww so nice to see the relationship between Lionel and Caitlin. Hopefully they’re able to maintain friendship between England and Scotland.
You know Ludlow is in England not Wales right? He really needs to go to Caernarfon and reaffirm at least.Oh, there will be, but I didn't think of investing Lionel in Wales until it was too late - I'd had him invested in his County Palatine instead. That being said, he's about to spend much of his life at Ludlow hereafter, and his children will grow up there, so that might soothe some ruffled feathers.
Well, Henry's going to war again, two of his children have very unhappy marriages, and by 1586, the Tudor dynasty hangs on the slender twin threads of two young boys' lives, so make of that what you will.
Yeah, I know Ludlow is in the Welsh Marches, not Wales proper, but it is the traditional seat of the English Princes of Wales -Edward IV, Edward V and Arthur Tudor were all raised there. Ludlow is also the seat of the Tudor Council of the Marches in Wales, so that's where Henry would send his son. I'm sure Lionel will make it to Wales proper eventually...You know Ludlow is in England not Wales right? He really needs to go to Caernarfon and reaffirm at least.