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Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo, the third duke of Alba (1507-1582), is known to history as "the butcher of Flanders." The general who carried out Philip II's repressive policies in the Netherlands, he was responsible for the massacre of thousands of men, women and children, considering it better to lay waste an entire country than leave it in the hands of heretics. Alba came to represent for contemporaries as well as for future generations the unacceptable face of Spanish imperialism. In this intriguing ...
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Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo, the third duke of Alba (1507-1582), is known to history as "the butcher of Flanders." The general who carried out Philip II's repressive policies in the Netherlands, he was responsible for the massacre of thousands of men, women and children, considering it better to lay waste an entire country than leave it in the hands of heretics. Alba came to represent for contemporaries as well as for future generations the unacceptable face of Spanish imperialism. In this intriguing re-evaluation, Henry Kamen narrates the duke's personal history, looking beyond the conventional image to reveal motives and to explain rather than simply to condemn. Kamen examines the early years of Alba's life, his travels over the whole of Europe, and the complex military and political career that made him Spain's leading general of the imperial age. Drawing on the duke's rich and expressive surviving correspondence, Kamen explores Alba's beliefs and considers his infamous actions within the contexts of his time and of the monarchs-Emperor Charles V and King Philip II of Spain-whom he served.

Author Biography: Henry Kamen, an eminent authority on Spanish history, has published numerous books in the field, including Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780300102833
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Genealogy : the first dukes of Alba
Maps
1 Family beginnings, 1507-1533 1
2 The emperor's general, 1534-1556 15
3 The king's counsellor, 1557-1566 51
4 The council of troubles, 1567-1572 75
5 Revolt in the Netherlands, 1572-1578 106
6 The last campaign, 1578-1582 136
7 Servant of the crown 157
App The Toledo family 173
Abbreviations 175
Notes 176
Short bibliography 192
Index 196
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