The First Age of Hycath

The First Age of Hycath

1141 – 1378

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The First Age of Hycath was a period in history stretching from 1141 to 1378, in which the Temple of Hycath first flourished as a sociopolitical power in place of the Church. It had its roots in England and the Hycathic victory in the First Hycath War but gradually spread into Europe over two centuries, culminating with the Sacking of the Vatican and immediately preceding the Second Age of Hycath.

Background

See also: First Hycath War

Europe before 1141 was largely in the grip of the Church, and states were run as patriarchies with little to no opportunity for female succession to the thrones. In addition, Hycathism was severely persecuted and, therefore, generally practised in a quiet, clandestine manner.

In December 1135, Empress Matilda “Maud” Beauclerc – a Cyntha named heir to the English throne by her father, King Henry I – was usurped upon Henry’s death by her cousin, Stephen of Blois. Stephen took advantage of family connections to the Church to undermine the oath of fealty he and several others had sworn to Maud. Enraged, she set to work gathering allies to reclaim her throne, kickstarting a six-year conflict now known as the First Hycath War or otherwise known as The Clash of the Cousins.

The war culminated in the Battle of Lincoln on 2 February 1141 where, despite casualties on both sides, the Hycathic forces won with the death of King Stephen and then captured several of his cavalry, many of them Church men. Maud had also negotiated the capitulation of Henry of Blois – Stephen’s brother, who had played a large part in the events of 1135 – by handing the Church in England to him. Upon her victory at Lincoln, she swiftly turned on Henry and his acolytes and had them arrested, thus entirely subjugating the English leadership of the Church.

The First Age

Maud proclaimed the First Age of Hycath in an official ceremony in London on 7 April, 1141, in the newly-established Hycath Temple. Present were several Hycathae and Hycathi who had contributed to the war effort and served in battle. Those who had given the most distinguished service were formally rewarded with one of sixteen new Duchies supporting London, created by Maud in a restructuring of England. Maud crowned herself Empress of England, adapting the title originally afforded her by her first marriage to Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor. Her descendants would rule as Empresses until their line ended at the Sacking of the Vatican.

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