Among those that are affected are the Holy Roman Catholic Church with their religious holdings. Also Mazzare provided copies of the papers of the Second Vatican Council and other documents to Monsignor Giulio Mazarini , which led Pope Urban VIII to request a summary of Catholic theological reforms over the following centuries in the original timeline. The newly formed USE acts to open a trade corridor with the Middle East via Venice to insure supplies of materials unavailable within Western Europe; gaining political allies within these regions; and religious allies to spread the doctrines of religious tolerance and the separation of church and state. Michael Stearns selects Lawrence Mazzare to lead the delegation to Venice because of his current fame or notoriety among Catholics. Mazzare asks Simon Jones, the Methodist minister, to accompany him as a sign of religious tolerance and Father Augustus Heinzerling. This section needs expansion.
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Shelves: fantasy , historical The Galileo Affair is where the Ring of Fire series really begins to show its promise. On that note, the fact that the Stones were created by Mercedes Lackey for a short story and then rolled into this novel as well as the use of scenes written by an experienced pilot in some of the other books in this family is just a fascinating use of intellectual resources. This series wins a lot of goodwill from me by being collaboratively-if-not-communally written in a way that I believe is unprecedented in modern fiction.
Great story line with the Pope and Galileo! Jul 27, Daniel Bratell rated it it was ok First a quick note: Goodreads calls this "Assiti Shards, 3" but in the recommended reading order this is in pos 6 or possibly 5 Ram Rebellion can be read before this one without any real loss. In the widely sprawling fictional universe conceived by the book , we have now reached Venice and the catholic church. While the adults teach medicine the Stoner children hear about Galileo being imprisoned and make plans for a big jailbreak.
I find the book less convincing than I would like. Of course the base premises are not really plausible with a whole town transplanted years backwards in time, but I think that humans will remain humans, and this book seems more like slapstick at times, and humans are way too one dimensional. That was a criticism I had of the first book in the series, and of a few other Eric Flint books, but then there were a few that were better. This is worse again.
So while I still enjoy seeing the universe evolve, the path there can become tedious. I ended up with 2 to differentiate it from other books in the series.
1634: The Galileo Affair