Imprudent King: A New Life Of Philip Ii

November 24, 2015|
Imprudent King: A New Life Of Philip Ii by GEOFFREY PARKER
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A vast archive of documents, unread since the sixteenth century, revises the portrait of  Philip II, Spain’s best-known king

"A superbly informed narrative of Philip II’s long career as Europe’s most powerful king."—Henry Kamen, Little Reviews

"This authoritative, intelligently revisionist biography must stand now as the primary reference."—Iain Finlayson, The Times

Philip II (1527-1598) is not only the most famous king in Spanish history, but one of the most famous monarchs in English history: the man who married Mary Tudor and later launched the Spanish Armada against her sister Elizabeth I. This compelling biography of the most powerful European monarch of his day begins with his conception (1526) and ends with his ascent to Paradise (1603), two occurrences surprisingly well documented by contemporaries. Eminent historian Geoffrey Parker draws on four decades of research on Philip as well as a recent, extraordinary archival discovery—a trove of 3,000 documents in the vaults of the Hispanic Society of America in New York City, unread since crossing Philip’s own desk more than four centuries ago. Many of them change significantly what we know about the king.
 
The book examines Philip’s long apprenticeship; his three principal interests (work, play, and religion); and the major political, military, and personal challenges he faced during his long reign. Parker offers fresh insights into the causes of Philip’s leadership failures: was his empire simply too big to manage, or would a monarch with different talents and temperament have fared better?
Geoffrey Parker is Distinguished University Professor, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History, and associate of the Mershon Center, Ohio State University.
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Title:Imprudent King: A New Life Of Philip Ii
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:456 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.56 in
Shipping dimensions:456 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.56 in
Published:November 24, 2015
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300216950

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