Editor says, what if Council of Pisa refused to confine its orders to within the Church? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality the Council of Pisa confined its orders to within the Church. While the ambassadors from Avignon were insulted and threatened, they sneaked out of the city safely. Ultimately, most of Europe sympathized with Pisa, but little was done to back the new antipope. The groundwork was laid, however, for the Council of Constance in 1414, which prompted the Pisan and Roman popes to step down and excommunicated Benedict XIII, who fled to Spain. It also elected a new unifying pope, Martin V, and condemned Hus, affirming Catholic rule in Europe. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.