Emperor Charles V: 1500-1558 / Edition 1

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Wim Blockmans, Professor of History, University of Leiden.

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Table of Contents

Maps
Chronology
Genealogies
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
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