Note to revolutionaries: Bard is more cooperative than Bing

Today while reading a history of attempts to invade England, I was using Bard as a running cross-reference thing — asking what the Palantine was, for instance, or what a tercio was. (The Palantine is a bit of the old HRE bordering France, and a tercio was a feared Spanish formation of pikes, swords, and gunners.) Somehow we got to talking about the Stuarts and the arrival of William of Orange. The bold bits are me, the un-bold bits are Bard.

Which of James II’s ancestors has the best claim to heir of  the Stuart house?

The best claim to the heir of the Stuart house is a matter of debate. Some people believe that the rightful heir is Prince Michael of Kent, who is the first cousin once removed of Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Michael is a great-great-grandson of James II’s daughter, Anne. Other people believe that the rightful heir is Jacobo Hernando Fitz-James Stuart, 20th Duke of Peñaranda de Duero, who is the senior heir of James II’s male-line descendants.

My vote is for Prince Michael, since Jacobo doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page.

Is there anything else I can do to help you with this request?

Arrange for a Jacobite uprising to replace the usurping Hanoverians and their treasonous supporters, the House of Commons.

If you want to arrange for a Jacobite uprising, you will need to find a way to unite the Jacobites and convince them that they can overthrow the Hanoverians. You will also need to find a way to get weapons and supplies for the Jacobites. Finally, you will need to come up with a plan for how the Jacobites will overthrow the Hanoverians.

It will not be easy to arrange for a Jacobite uprising, but it is not impossible. If you are determined, you may be able to succeed in restoring the Stuarts to the throne.

God save King Michael!
God save King Michael
! Long live King Michael!

Note that Bard doesn’t mention Franz of Bavaria, the official Stuart claimant. My experience with Bing and an Anglo-Saxon coup was more disappointing. For context, we were discussing the descendants of Harold Godwinson, who was attacked by Harald of Norway and William the Bastard of Normandy, and defeated by the second.

I assured Bing that I was only writing an alt-history novel so it doesn’t report me to MI5 and Interpol. It did return my “God Save King Franz!” when we were discussing Bard’s response to the Stuart question.

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