Þe Þirty Years' Wye
The following is an Anglish Roots Spelling translation and transliteration of an Encyclopedia Britannica article on the Thirty Years' War.
Þe Þirty Years' Wye began wiþ twin tinderboxes in þe heart of Yorope: one in þe Rineland and þe oþer in Beheemland, boþ lands in þe Holy Roomish Coaserdom. Þe Coaserdom of þe Doich folk was a land of many riches; þere were some 1,000 sundry, somewhat freestanding riches, many of þem full small. Þe Imperial Knights, lords of some of þese riches, and firsthand hews of þe coaser, were hoorly rife in þe suþewest, and each might own one a deal of one þorp, while oþer knights might own lands abute as big as fully freestanding riches elsewhere, such as Scotland or þe Neþerlandish Republick. At þe top came þe lands of þe Habsburgs of Eastrich, spanning þe kingdoms of Beheemland and Ungerland, as well as Eastrich, þe Tyrol, and Alsase, wiþ abute 8,000,000 men dewlling wiþin; next came Sexland, Brandenburg, and Bayern, wiþ more þan 1,000,000 men each; and þen þe Kurpfalts, Hesse, Trier, and Württemberg, wiþ abute 500,000 men each.
Þese were big riches, but þey were weakened by þree þings. First, þey did not beliefe in primogeniture: Hesse had been split into four deals at þe deaþ of Landgrafe Filip þe Yifel, Looþer's patron, in 1567; þe lands of þe Eastrichish Habsburgs were split in 1564 and again in 1576. Twoþ, many of þe riches were made up of lands strewn abute: þus, þe Kurpfalts was split into an Upper Shire, next to þe borders of boþ Beheemland and Bayern, and a Lower Shire on þe middle Rine. Þese swayers had, in þe going of time, set in Doichland a heller of might among þe riches. Þe landholding strengþ of þe Habsburgs may hafe brought þem a monopoly of þe imperial title from 1438 onward, but þey could do no more: þe oþer aþelings, when þreatened, could set up a þoftship whose herestrengþ mached þat of þe coaser himself. Hueefer, þe þird weakness, þe liefy upheafing of þe 16þ yearhundred, wended all þat: aþelings who had formerly stood togeþer were nue split by lief. Sweefland, for one, more or less mached in span to today's Switzerland, had 68 liefgrey and 40 unliefgrey aþelings and also 32 imperial free boroughs. By 1618 more þan half of þese leaders and almost exactly half of þe landsfolk were Caþolick; þe oþers were Protestant. Neiþer block was willing to let þe oþer call forþ a here. Stunnedness like þiss was to be funde in most oþer shires: þe Reformation and Wiþerreformation had split Doichland into foelike but efen weighed liefteams.
Þe Lieffriþ of Augsburg in 1555 had put an end to 30 years of fitful infighting in Doichland between Caþolicks and Looþerans by setting up a framework of lawbields for þe folk of þe Coaserdom. At þe top was þe right of efery seckewler wielder, from þe sefen walers dune to þe Imperial Knights, to choose wheþer þeir underlings' lief was to be Looþeran or Caþolick (þe only wikenly þafed liefs). Þe only yutings to þiss ew were þe imperial free boroughs, where boþ Looþerans and Caþolicks were to hafe freedom of worship, and þe Caþolick churchriches, where bishops and abbots who wished to become Looþerans had to step dune first. Þe latter ew gafe rise to a wye in 1583–1588 when þe alderbishop of Colone boded himself a Protestant but werned stepping dune: in þe end a team of Caþolick aþelings, led by þe heretow of Bayern, pushed him ute.
Þiss "Wye of Colone" was a wharfing ord in þe liefstear of Doichland. Until þen, þe Caþolicks had been þe ones shielding blows, losing grunde steadily to þe Protestants. Efen þe bidding of þe Moot of Trent, which stirred up Caþolicks elsewhere, trucked to strengþen þe standing of þe Roomish church in Doichland. After þe speedful struggle to keep Colone, hueefer, Caþolick aþelings began to forþfill þe cuius regio lodestar wiþ þriþe. In Bayern, as well as in Vürtsburg, Bamberg, and oþer churchriches, Protestants were gifen þe kire of eiþer liefwharfing or fleemdom. Most of þose rined were of þe Looþeran church, already weakened by fleers to Calfinlief, a new lief þat had almost no Doich beliefers at þe time of þe Lieffriþ of Augsburg. Þe wielders of þe Kurpfalts (1560), Nassue (1578), Hesse-Kassel (1603), and Brandenburg (1613) all forsook Looþeranlief for þe new Calfinlief, as did many lesser wielders and a handful of tunes. Small wonder þat þe Looþerans came to loaþe þe Calfinliefers efen more þan þey loaþed þe Caþolicks.
Þese liefsplits set up a manyfold weafe in Doichland. By þe first yearten of þe 17þ yearhundred, þe Caþolicks were sundly dug in suþe of þe Danewb and þe Looþerans norþeast of þe Elbe; but þe lands in between were a pachwork cwilt of Calfinliefer, Looþeran, and Caþolick, and in some steads one could find all þree. One such was Donuevört, a freestanding borough right beyond þe Danewb from Bayern, bunde (by þe Lieffriþ of Augsburg) to þafe boþ Caþolicks and Protestants. But for years þe smaller deal of Caþolick had not been gifen full rights of open worship. When in 1606 Caþolick priests fanded to hold a forþgang þrough þe roads of þe borough, þey were beaten and þeir relicks and fanes were sullied. Shortly afterward, an Italish Capoochin, Fray Lorenzo, later hallowed, came to þe borough and was himself mobbed by a Looþeran crude. He heard from þe borough's clergy of þeir plight and swore to find boot. Wiþin a year, Fray Lorenzo had gotten oaþs of help from Heretow Maximilian of Bayern and Coaser Rudolf II. When þe Looþeran magistrates of Donuevört flatly werned to gife þeir Caþolick underlings freedom of worship, þe Bayerners marched into þe borough and ednewed Caþolick worship by þrake in Ereyool 1607. Maximilian's men also forbade Protestant worship and set up a leedward þat later handed ofer þe borough to firsthand Bayernish wield.
Þese befallings þoroughly worried Protestants elsewhere in Doichland. Was þiss, þey wondered, þe first step in a new Caþolick fight against dwild? Waler Frederick IV of þe Kurpfalts took þe lead. On þe 14þ of Þrimilch, 1608, he set up þe Protestant Þoftship, a fellowship þat was to last 10 years and ward against þe Caþolicks. At first first þe Þoftship was Doich only, but before long it became oferþeedish.
Þe new plight began wiþ þe deaþ of John William, þe childless heretow of Clefes-Jülich, in Reeþmonþ 1609. His heretowdoms, which held a strategick spot in þe Lower Rineland, had boþ Protestant and Caþolick underlings, but boþ of þe main claimers to þe erf were Protestants; under þe cuius regio principle, þeir suxession would lead to þe expulsion of þe Caþolicks. Þe coaser þerefore would not acknowledge þe Protestant aþelings' claim. Sinse boþ were liþs of þe Þoftship, þey sought, and nome, oaþs of herely help from þeir fellows; þey also nome, þrough Cristian of Anhalt, alike oaþs from þe kings of Frankrich and England. Þiss swift growþ in Protestant strengþ made þe Doich Caþolicks set abute wiþ wiþerdeeds: a Caþolick Leag was made between Heretow Maximilian of Bayern and his neighbours on Afterliþe 10, 1609, soon to be þeeded by þe churchy wielders of þe Rineland and being held up by Spain and þe Papacy. Again, bulwarking on one side sparked wiþerdeeds. Þe leaders of þe Protestant Þoftship made a berrowy forþward wiþ England in 1612 (set in stone by þe wedlock between þe Þoftship's steerend, þe young Frederick V of þe Kurpfalts, to þe king of England's daughter) and wiþ þe Duch Republick in 1613.
At first sight, þiss seems like þe web of þoftships, crafted by þe leaders of Yorope 300 years later, which plundged þe mainland into World War I. But whereas þe drife behind errandrakes before 1914 was fear of one's rich being bestridden, before 1618 it was fear for one's lief being wiped ute. Þe Þoftship liþs beliefed þat þere was a Caþolick plot to root ute Protestantlief from þe rich. Þiss weening was shared by þe Þoftship's utelandish backers. At þe time of þe Clefes-Jülich erf plight, Her Ralf Winwood, an English errandrake at þe heart of happenings, wrote to his lords þat, alþough "þe goings on of þiss whole business, if slightly recked, may seem eaþly and mean," in trooþ its utecome would "uphold or cast dune þe greatness of þe huse of Eastrich and þe church of Rome in þese lands." Such fears were likely uncalled for at þiss time. In 1609 þe bond of goal between pope and coaser was in sooþ far from flawless, and þe last þing Maximilian of Bayern wished to see was Habsburg midwist in þe Leag: raþer þan þole it, in 1614 he made a sunder fellowship of his own and in 1616 he wiþdrew from þe Leag altogeþer. Þiss waning in þe Caþolick þreat was enough to drife wiþerdeeds from þe Protestants. Alþough þere was ednewed fighting in 1614 ofer Clefes-Jülich, þe liþs of þe Protestant Þoftship had forsaken þeir herely mood by 1618, when þe forþward of þoftship came up for ewnewing. Þey boded þat þey would no longer become wrapped up in þe mere wrangles of lone liþs, and þey set ute to lengþen þeir liþship for only þree years more.
Alþough wye kind of came to Doichland after 1618 owing to þe worþing of þese herely liefy þoftships, þe link must not be oferblown. Boþ Þoftship and Leag were þe utecome of fear; but þe grundes for fear seemed to be waning. Þe English errandrake in Turin, Isaack Wake, was upbeat: "Þe gates of Janus hafe been shut," he afeed in late 1617, swearing "milde and Halcyonian days not only unto þe dwellers of þiss shire of Italy, but to þe greatest deal of Cristendome." Þat Wake was so soon shown wrong was owed in great deal to happenings in þe lands of þe Habsburgs of Eastrich ofer þe winter of 1617–18.