Emperor Charles V: 1500-1558 / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $9.86
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 81%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $9.86   
  • New (5) from $25.09   
  • Used (10) from $9.86   


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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340731109
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/30/2001
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,012,593
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Wim Blockmans, Professor of History, University of Leiden.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Justification 1
1 An imperium of forty years 3
Magnificent mourning 3
A difficult departure 8
The Habsburgs: a dynasty for Europe 13
The education of a Christian prince 19
Mission impossible? 22
2 A grand strategy? 25
Territories and dynasty 25
The Holy Roman Empire 30
Strategic options 34
Unforeseen circumstances 40
3 Honour, rights and land 47
A foreign king 47
The XVII Provinces 51
Italy: the key to world hegemony 57
France - again and again 64
1536-1537 68
1542-1544 72
1551-1553 74
Right, ambition and necessity 76
4 Protector of the Catholic Church 80
The great misunderstanding 80
Give and take 86
Authoritarian Reformation 92
The fiasco 97
Persecuting heretics 99
The soul of the Indian 106
Christendom divided 108
5 Charles' political system 116
The absent prince 117
The emperor's family 120
Servants of the emperor 125
The network 133
6 The cost of the Empire 139
Objectives 139
The tragedy of a viceroy 140
Strategy, resources, choices 147
Money, money and money again 154
Discussion and repression 160
7 The image in balance 169
The creation of a classical hero 169
Personality and fate 176
Selective bibliography 185
Index of proper names 188
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)