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My March History Challenge Fic. Familiar characters in unfamiliar settings...romance, intrigue and excitement in 15th century Italy.

2011 Delphie Winner: Best Reed/Sato (Over 2000 Words)

2011 Delphie Winner: Best Non-canon AU Story

Rated: R
Categories: Het > Tucker and T'Pol, Het > Reed and Sato, Het > Other Het Characters: Archer, Ensemble, Mayweather, Reed, Sato, T'Pol, Tucker
Genre & Keywords: AU, Challenge, Drama, Humor, Romance
Story Type: Story
Warnings: None
Series: 2011 March History Challenge, 2011 Delphie First Round Winners
Chapters: 9 Completed: Yes
Word count: 28914 Read: 44615
Published: April 24, 2011 Updated: June 30, 2011
Story Notes:

Don't own, don't sue. Historical figures are mentioned in this story. A HUGE thank you to Honeybee for the beta! 

1. Chapter 1 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 9] (1984 words)

Venice in 1484 was ruled by the infamous Council of Ten, a group of noblemen who were the real powerbrokers in the city. They ruled with an iron hand, and had spies everywhere. The Doge, or Duke, was only a figurehead.

The Peace of Lodi was signed in 1454 between the cities of Milan, Naples and Florence and put a temporary end to the constant wars between the city-states. Venice entered a similar pact with Ferrara, Mantua and Urbino. The uneasy peace lasted intil 1482.

Milan in 1484 was ruled by the Sforza family. At this point in time, the city was a major financial center, and was beginning to be known as a center of high fashion (though it still took until at least 1530 before its clothiers became well-known all over Europe.

Women were limited in their freedom, especially those from high-born families. Many were pawns in their families' quest for power and position. 

2. Chapter 2 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 7] (3050 words)

We meet Carlo Tocceri, an engineer, who is charged with an important message for Captain Archer. He has a string of life-changing events in the process.

Paola has trouble adjusting to the less traditional Archer/Hernandez household, but she has a helpful ally.

Ca'Rezzonico (Ca' short for Casa, house) This is now known as the Winter Casino. It's located right off one of the Venetian canals. Four hundred years later, in 1883, the composer Richard Wagner died here.

Francesco Foscari reigned as Doge in Venice. Unfortunately, the Council of Ten forced him to banish his own son Jacopo on trumped-up charges. Jacopo died in prison. Francesco died of a broken blood vessel when a bell rang, announcing his successor after the Council deposed him.

Palazzo Pisani Moretta: Also located directly off a canal, this was owned by Nicolo Pisani in the 1300's. The Pisani family was a wealthy and powerful family.

University of Bologna: The main university of the time...mostly concerned with anatomy and architecture.

Leonardo Da Vinci was known as a great engineer, architect, scientist, anatomist and artist.  He eventually worked on the Duomo in Milan for the Sforza family in the 1490's.

Condottiere: This originally meant a mercenary soldier, but these men were powerful in both Milan and Venice. Often they were like 'generals' in the wars between the city-states.

3. Chapter 3 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 6] (3358 words)

Malcolm encounters the handmaiden Estrella for the first time. He's shocked at his own reaction.

Archer, Malcolm and Carlo see Signor Kosso. Kosso has his own nefarious plans.

The Hundred Years War lasted from 1337-1453. It was actually a series of wars between the House of Valois and the House of Plantaganet. The Plantaganets ruled England and claimed the throne of France. Eventually, they were victorious. 

4. Chapter 4 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 5] (3001 words)

Captain Archer must find a way out of Kosso's proposal. Carlo and Paola meet for the first time, and sparks fly. Estrella and Malcolm run into trouble in the streets of Venice.

More characters from ENT make appearances in this chapter. Can you find them, and who are they in the 'real universe'?

The Borgias: The original spelling of the name is the Spanish version, Borja. In 1455, Alonso de Borja was elected pope and took the name Calixtus III. He died only 3 years later, in 1458.

His nephew, Roderigo Borja/Borgia became a Papal administrator and cardinal (thanks to nepotism from his uncle's family). He later became Pope Alexander VI in 1492, succeeding Pope Innocent the VIII. Roderigo was the father of Lucrezia, Cesare, Giovanni (or Juan), Goffredo (or Jofre) and Ottoviano.

5. Chapter 5 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 5] (3609 words)

Captain Archer rallies support, with help from Traveo and Carlo. Malcolm and Estrella find sanctuary with one of Floccia's old friends. Just what kind of secrets does Kosso hold over Archer's head? And Sovale decides to correct a mistake of his own making.

Warning: Medicine was not anywhere close to what it is in the 21st century. One part of this chapter isn't graphic, but it might squick some people out anyway. 

Dominican friars: The Pope authorized this particular sect of monks to supervise the Inquisition.

Wedding ceremony: It was as elaborate as possible, to show off the wealth of the bride's and groom's families. In fact, the governments of Milan, Florence, and Venice passed usury laws, which limited the amount of extravagant clothing and accessories someone could wear. Of course, people got around that.

Italian: Maledizione! (Darn/Damn it!), Per mio fe! (Equivalent to an exasperated, "Oh for crying out loud!"), Dio mio (My God), un'caccatore (let's just say this isn't a compliment)

Spanish: El Capitan (the Captain, referring to Archer). It's different from the Italian Il Capitano.

Japanese: ashiteru. (I love you. The whole expression is "Watashi ni ashiteru", but it's obvious who loves whom in this case.)

6. Chapter 6 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 3] (3961 words)

Malcolm and Estrella find they can't avoid the inevitable. Paola uses her seamstress skills. Carlo worms his way into Kosso's confidence, while John and Eriana meet with Kosso's father. R rating near the end of the this chapter. You've been warned.

Italian: Salute! To your health! Si, e vero. Yes, it's true.

I gave Kosso the first name of Niccolò, which happens to be the first name of Machiavelli, author of The Prince. This story takes place a bit before Machiavelli, though.

(Cuvaccio is meant to be Kuvak, the Vulcan minister. I made him Kosso's father in this story.)

7. Chapter 7 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 5] (3889 words)

Notes: This chapter is mostly focused on Carlo and Paola. Archer and the others publicly reveal Kosso's schemes, but Kosso has a way to redeem himself, and it entangles Carlo.

Italian: mi amorato(a)/mi amo=my beloved=t'hy'la 

D'Alberi=of the trees=Forest=Forrest. Actor Vaughn Armstrong is also a musician, who plays the ukelele at conventions.

Code duello= A set of rules for a one-on-one duel, to settle grievances. The Renaissance period was fraught with honor duels. It can be issued in the case of a (perceived) insult. The injured party issues a challenge to the person who insulted them. The one receiving the challenge can either a) apologize publicly or b) accept the duel. He is the one who chooses the weaponry (usually swords, until the 17th century). The issuee chooses the time and place of the duel.

Each combatant chooses a second, and the fight lasts until they can no longer fight, or a doctor calls a halt to the combat. Although duels to the death were rare, they often ended in death because of wound infection. The winner of the duel is considered to be 'in the right'. The winner can earn social standing in the eyes of his peers, depending on how he fought.

Closely related to this is trial by combat, to settle guilt or innocence of a crime. The rules are similar, and the winner is considered the innocent party. Kosso is entitled to this option, if he chooses to exercise it.

8. Chapter 8 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 4] (3991 words)

Carlo and the others are involved in the fight of their lives. We meet Traveo's family and Kosso's compatriots. Sometimes non-traditional strategies are the ones that work. More ENT counterparts make their appearances here. Can you guess who they are?

During this time, being left-handed was considered a curse of the Devil, and natural lefties were forced to use their right hand for everyday tasks. (I'm a natural lefty, and my dad was one of those 'retrained'. He writes right-handed, but does everything else left-handed).

If the code duello is broken, the transgressor's life is forfeit. Anything goes at that point.

There's one instance of Spanish. Translation is in bold. Italian: coltelleria, lit. 'silverware', i.e. cutlery.  It's the closest I could get to the English meaning. :-D

9. Chapter 9 by Lady Rainbow [Reviews - 4] (2071 words)

Here it is, the wedding!

Information on weddings in the Renaissance can be found here: http://celyn.drizzlehosting.com/mrwp/mrwed.html The ring vow I used is here. The actual ceremony took place at the door of the church, with a wedding Mass to follow inside the church. Wedding rings were worn on the thumb or the fourth finger of the right hand. It didn't switch to the left hand until after the Reformation.

Latin: Benedictio annuli ante hostium templi...” "Blessing the ring at the door of the church" 

Thanks for reading! Cast list (a Who's Who) is included in the end notes at the end of this chapter.