There’s no Catholic Church in Daermad Cycle, which provides an enormous break from European history. There are Christians (or Kristyns, also called Believers), but they never knew the Roman Catholic Church. My study of history showed that there was (probably) migrations of peoples who had been exposed to Christianity through central Europe in the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries. My Celts were fleeing the “Rhwmaynes” (more likely its successors) sometime in the 5th century when they stumbled through a vortex into Daermad. A small group of Christians were included in this tribe. How did they become introduced to Christianity? Likely someone in their culture had traveled south … perhaps as a soldier since the Romans made wide use of Celts as soldiers. I envision a Celt who returned home from Rome’s armies and brought his new-found beliefs with him. There was a strong movement in the Roman armies toward soldiers accepting Christ and then rejecting the army. This may not have been evidence of pacifism among the early Christian churches, but may have reflected the churches’ stand against Emperor worship. It was impossible to be in the Roman army without swearing allegiance to the Roman Emperor, but Christianity taught that believers were not allowed to swear allegiance to any human, but only to God.
There was also the fate of the Theban Legion to consider. The Legion was a Christian legion of soldiers during the reign of Diocletian. In AD 286 They were ordered to march to Gaul and assist Maximus against rebels in Burgundy. Maximus ordered a general sacrifice that the entire army was meant to assist with. He further ordered that they must take the oath of allegiance and swear to assist in the extirpation of Christianity in Gaul. The individuals of the Theban Legion refused to participate, so Maximums ordered that every 10th man should be selected and put to the sword. Following the decimation, the survivors persisted in declaring themselves Christians, so the slaughter continued, supposedly down to the last man, which some claim happened at St. Moritz (for Saint Maurice), Switzerland. This is outlined in Fox’s Book of Martyrs. Maybe one or two survived to spread Christianity amongst the Trevarii tribe near present day Belgium.
The Christianity of Celdrya exists only in small pockets, though it has been widely adopted by the neighboring Kin. It is not a Roman Catholic Christianity, but much more like the anabaptist faith found in the Swiss Alps (St. Moritz, remember?) Why? Because every bit of history I have been able to find suggests that this was the general form of Christianity prior to the rise of the church at Rome under Leo the Great, bishop at Rome from Ad 440-461. I view all those “heretics” mentioned in Roman Catholic histories as (potentially) Christians who refused to bow to Roman hegemony, somewhat like the Celts of ancient Gaul.
The majority religion in Daermad is not Christianity, but a multiform of Celtic Druidism. Because I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel here either, I borrowed heavily from medieval Catholicism’s political structure while avoiding its theology.
The Catholic Church was the only institution in the Middle Ages that operated outside of the feudal order of the rural manors and the town guilds. The Church, at various times, formed alliances, made political compromises, and sanctioned conduct and laws that were contrary to the spirit and the letter of the Church’s doctrine. Its leaders argued these were short-term expediencies to preserve the independence and moral authority of God’s institution on Earth so that it might serve the long-run purpose for its existence – the salvation of souls before the final Day of Judgment.
I call baloney on this. The cults of Lugh and Bel and, to a lesser extent, the Order of Faith (called Old Faith colloquially) are much more open about the purposes for exercising their power in the absence of an unified kingdom, but they reflect the attitudes of the Roman Catholic Church during the Middle Ages..
Let’s spend some time looking at that.