Emperor Charles V: 1500-1558 / Edition 1

Emperor Charles V: 1500-1558 / Edition 1

by Wim Blockmans
     
 

ISBN-10: 0340731109

ISBN-13: 9780340731109

Pub. Date: 11/30/2001

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

The world of the first half of the sixteenth century was exceptionally dynamic. Voyages of discovery made the world larger; science and technology were revolutionized; Christian thought underwent a powerful renewal; the population and economy grew. And in the midst of this constellation of change, one man - the Emperor Charles V - ruled a conglomeration of

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Overview

The world of the first half of the sixteenth century was exceptionally dynamic. Voyages of discovery made the world larger; science and technology were revolutionized; Christian thought underwent a powerful renewal; the population and economy grew. And in the midst of this constellation of change, one man - the Emperor Charles V - ruled a conglomeration of territory more extensive than that previously held by any ruler in European history. What can one person, given an inordinate amount of power by quirk of fate, achieve? How much freedom did he in fact have? Did it help him reach his objectives? What unwanted results ensued from his actions? The relationship between the will of an individual and the power of structures in times of such mutability is at the core of Blockman's enquiry. He brings to the task a range of languages - without which it is scarcely possible to do justice to Charles's widespread, linguistically diverse imperium - a keen awareness of the most recent findings in modern scholarship, and the fruits of a professional lifetime's reflection.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340731109
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
11/30/2001
Series:
A Hodder Arnold Publication
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Maps
Chronology
Genealogies
Justification1
1An imperium of forty years3
Magnificent mourning3
A difficult departure8
The Habsburgs: a dynasty for Europe13
The education of a Christian prince19
Mission impossible?22
2A grand strategy?25
Territories and dynasty25
The Holy Roman Empire30
Strategic options34
Unforeseen circumstances40
3Honour, rights and land47
A foreign king47
The XVII Provinces51
Italy: the key to world hegemony57
France - again and again64
1536-153768
1542-154472
1551-155374
Right, ambition and necessity76
4Protector of the Catholic Church80
The great misunderstanding80
Give and take86
Authoritarian Reformation92
The fiasco97
Persecuting heretics99
The soul of the Indian106
Christendom divided108
5Charles' political system116
The absent prince117
The emperor's family120
Servants of the emperor125
The network133
6The cost of the Empire139
Objectives139
The tragedy of a viceroy140
Strategy, resources, choices147
Money, money and money again154
Discussion and repression160
7The image in balance169
The creation of a classical hero169
Personality and fate176
Selective bibliography185
Index of proper names188

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