I have been reading a big book on the Thirty Years’ War* and listening to the parliamentary hearings on phone-hacking on the radio, and all the talk of empires and dynasties and deception has led to, er, this. Thing is, in the 1620s, both sides were basically awful, so hey ho.
These are the relevant historical figures, in case you are wondering.
*Europe’s Tragedy, by Peter H. Wilson. Recommended, for it starts with the following: ‘Shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday 23 May 1618, Vilem Slavata found himself hanging from a window of the Hradschin castle in Prague. This was not a predicament the 46-year-old aristocrat had encountered before.’