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Philip of Spain
     

Philip of Spain

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by Henry Kamen, Henry Kamen
 

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ISBN-10: 0300078005

ISBN-13: 9780300078008

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press


Philip II of Spain—ruler of the most extensive empire the world had ever known—has been viewed in a harsh and negative light since his death in 1598. Identified with repression, bigotry, and fanaticism by his enemies, he has been judged more by the political events of his reign than by his person. This book, published four hundred years after Philip's

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Philip II of Spain—ruler of the most extensive empire the world had ever known—has been viewed in a harsh and negative light since his death in 1598. Identified with repression, bigotry, and fanaticism by his enemies, he has been judged more by the political events of his reign than by his person. This book, published four hundred years after Philip's death, is the first full-scale biography of the king. Placing him within the social, cultural, religious, and regional context of his times, it presents a startling new picture of his character and reign.

Drawing on Philip's unpublished correspondence and on many other archival sources, Henry Kamen reveals much about Philip the youth, the man, the husband, the father, the frequently troubled Christian, and the king. Kamen finds that Philip was a cosmopolitan prince whose extensive experience of northern Europe broadened his cultural imagination and tastes, whose staunchly conservative ideas were far from being illiberal and fanatical, whose religious attitudes led him to accept a practical coexistence with Protestants and Jews, and whose support for Las Casas and other defenders of the Indians in America helped determine government policy. Shedding completely new light on most aspects of Philip's private life and, in consequence, on his public actions, the book is the definitive portrayal of Philip II.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300078008
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsix
Prefacexi
The House of Hapsburg in the Sixteenth Centuryxvi
1 The Formative Years 1527-15441
2 The Renaissance Prince 1545-155121
3 Soldier and King 1551-155950
4 The Cross and the Crescent 1559-156579
5 Towards Total War 1566-1572108
6 Dropping the Pilot 1572-1580143
7 The World of Philip II178
8 The Statesman211
9 War in the West 1580-1586242
10 The Time of Thunder 1587-1593269
11 Last Years 1593-1598301
12 Epilogue317
List of Abbreviations322
Notes324
A Note on Sources363
Index369

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