Philip of Spain

Philip of Spain➳ [Reading] ➶ Philip of Spain By Henry Kamen ➩ – Tbjewellers.co.uk 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 Identified with repression, bigotry, and fanaticism b Philip II of Spain, ruler of the most extensive empire the world had ever known, has been viewed in a harsh and negative Philip of PDF/EPUB or light since his death inIdentified with repression, bigotry, and fanaticism by his enemies, he has been judged 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and regional context of his times, it presents a startling new picture of his character and reignDrawing on Philip s unpublished correspondence and on many other archival sources, Henry Kamen reveals much about Philip the youth, the man, the husband, the father, the frequently troubled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.

Henry Kamen is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London and an emeritus professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research Philip of PDF/EPUB or in Barcelona.

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    Philip of Spain PDF/EPUB ✓ Philip of PDF/EPUB or him within the social, cultural, religious, and regional context of his times, it presents a startling new picture of his character and reignDrawing on Philip s unpublished correspondence and on many other archival sources, Henry Kamen reveals much about Philip the youth, the man, the husband, the father, the frequently troubled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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • Philip of Spain
  • Henry Kamen
  • English
  • 10 March 2017
  • 0300078005

10 thoughts on “Philip of Spain

  1. says:

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  2. says:

    Kamen attempts a revisionist make over of King Philip II, often regarded as one of the great villains of early modern European history c.f Don Carlos, the play by Schiller and the opera by Verdi With great attention to the primary sources of the 16th century, Kamen depicts Philip as a well educated Renaissance Prince who was a warm and loving family man who cultivated learning and even enjoyed dancing He was nointolerant than the normal ruler of his time, and not particularly avid Kamen attempts a revisionist make over of King Philip II, often regarded as one of the great villains of early modern European history c.f Don Carlos, the play by Schiller and the opera by Verdi With great attention to the primary sources of the 16th century, Kamen depicts Philip as a well educated Renaissance Prince who was a warm and loving family man who cultivated learning and even enjoyed dancing He was nointolerant than the normal ruler of his time, and not particularly avid in serving the Papacy and aggressive Roman Catholicism Philip has often been presented as the Knight errant of militant Catholicism in these years, but his priority was always peace He never ceased to express his concern for religion, yet in practice his policy decisions wererealistic No imperialist fever reigned at the King s court All those bad things associated with Spain in the late 16th century the Inquisition, the Armada, the repression of the Netherlands and the disastrous war that ensued, the collapse of the Spanish economy apparently those were not all Philip s fault Philip was never at any time in adequate control of events, or of his kingdoms, or even of his own destiny It follows that he cannot be held responsible forthan a small part of what eventually transpired during his reign To many spectators, he was the most powerful monarch in the world In the privacy of his office, he knew very well that this was an illusion For all his power, he had been unable to stop his realms being sucked into a whirl of war, debt, and decay That the reader is likely to finish the book less than completely convinced of Kamen s argument does not detract from the author s skill in presenting it His scholarship is exemplary and his effort in scraping off the layers of myth about Philip s record is completely commendable This biography is very readable and very informative

  3. says:

    Though he ruled over Spain at the peak of its Golden Age of power and influence, Philip II has long suffered from a negative historical image Henry Kamen s book seeks to address this by providing a rounded portrait of a conscientious and diligent monarch, one who was surprisingly modern in many respects Kamen succeeds in describing both the grandeur of Philip s reign and the many challenges he faced as a monarch, from perennially impoverished treasury to the unrest and rebellion in the Nethe Though he ruled over Spain at the peak of its Golden Age of power and influence, Philip II has long suffered from a negative historical image Henry Kamen s book seeks to address this by providing a rounded portrait of a conscientious and diligent monarch, one who was surprisingly modern in many respects Kamen succeeds in describing both the grandeur of Philip s reign and the many challenges he faced as a monarch, from perennially impoverished treasury to the unrest and rebellion in the Netherlands Yet the biography suffers from a lack of analysis space used to detail innumerable processions and court intrigues would have been better spent explaining the operations of Philip s government or the factors underlying the problems he faced This limits Kamen s achievement with this book, which demonstrates the need for a better understanding of this important ruler without fully meeting the demand for it

  4. says:

    Excellent with details, greatly researched and one of the best biographies I read I highly recommend this and Geoffrey Parker s Philip II.Just a word of caution though on Kamen His style is very different from Parker, whereas Parker in his last edition The definitive work of Philip II is laden with muchdetails than all his previous editions and eventhan Kamen Parker does not tend to excuse Philip from his acts and association regarding the Inquisition and the role he played in i Excellent with details, greatly researched and one of the best biographies I read I highly recommend this and Geoffrey Parker s Philip II.Just a word of caution though on Kamen His style is very different from Parker, whereas Parker in his last edition The definitive work of Philip II is laden with muchdetails than all his previous editions and eventhan Kamen Parker does not tend to excuse Philip from his acts and association regarding the Inquisition and the role he played in it especially the 1568 burnings which were amongst the most numerous Spain had seen at that time and hundreds were gathered, including the King for that spectacle whereas Kamen does and while he is right that Kings did not enjoy the absolute power movies show, nonetheless, Philip II was not excusable of many of the acts, particularly having to do with the Inquisition during his reign

  5. says:

    An incredibly readable book Philip II s travels through Europe as prince regent yo el rey principe, he signed himself after his elevation as King of Naples on the eve of his marriage to Mary I of England Philip the ladies man Philip the king, of course Also interesting on Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England It has been claimed by another biographer that this book is a hagiography this is definitely not true It does show though that Philip was human, and a rather average pers An incredibly readable book Philip II s travels through Europe as prince regent yo el rey principe, he signed himself after his elevation as King of Naples on the eve of his marriage to Mary I of England Philip the ladies man Philip the king, of course Also interesting on Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England It has been claimed by another biographer that this book is a hagiography this is definitely not true It does show though that Philip was human, and a rather average person

  6. says:

    Not Kamen s best and I ve read parts of his other books His book lacks important analysis and insight and instead focuses too much on family issues and drama He portrays phillip as under his father s wing, but never says why or how that s important More of a summary than a scholarly work in my opinion Still a rather decent book, but I don t think I will finish it about 100 pages short.

  7. says:

    I liked this book and author obvious has done enormous research, but if honestly there were some issues, which made this book less enjoyable than I expected it to be.Main pros I highly appreciate the factual side of it I learned a lot about Philip, spanish politics, religion and conflicts in 16th century Europe And since I knew very little about Spanish history, this biography really helped me to understand the Spanish point of view of certain historical events, the very thing which I expe I liked this book and author obvious has done enormous research, but if honestly there were some issues, which made this book less enjoyable than I expected it to be.Main pros I highly appreciate the factual side of it I learned a lot about Philip, spanish politics, religion and conflicts in 16th century Europe And since I knew very little about Spanish history, this biography really helped me to understand the Spanish point of view of certain historical events, the very thing which I expected to gain and received Well done.But I really wanted muchanalysis into this And that s where problems start this book simply tells Philip s and his reign s story without giving decent examination of reasons, which stood behind king s decisions or actions or those of other persons , and consequences which they faced There could beexploration of Philip s personality too I missed it.I also felt that there were some holes in Kamen s argumentation interpretation in many cases his conclusions and statements appeared to contradict the facts presented or even his own opinions Besides the narrative s or should I say the author s tone concerning Philip s actions and decisions occasionally grew a little bit too much apologetic for my taste it was a kind of irritating.Another issue with this work I think that some important topics were worthexploration than the author did Philip s impact on english government during Mary Tudor s reign, his marriage to Mary Tudor in general, his conflict with papacy I can t remember if Kamen even mentioned the fact that Philip was excommunicated from Church , his relationships with his heir, later Philip III I also had like to know about his plans concerning the invasion in England I mean, what they planned to do if the Armada would won , but for some reason the only thing what Kamen has to say on the subject is neither the king nor anyone else was quite sure what it was meant to achieve No concrete plans were ever drawn up, either military or political, on what was to be done should the invasion succeed Well, I don t know, but I doubt that they had no plans whatsoever.Overall, it is a good factual biography and it encouraged me to read further about Philip Next try Imprudent king by Geoffrey Parker

  8. says:

    After my first trip to Spain in December of 2007, I became fascinated with King Philip II of Spain While in Spain, we visted El Escorial, an unbelievable structure designed by Philip and built during his reign He is also a character in my favorite Verdi opera, Don Carlo.I was hoping this biography would give meinformation about Philip s personal life, particularly his relationship to his son, Don Carlo and his second wife, Elizabeth of Valois Regrettably, there was very little informati After my first trip to Spain in December of 2007, I became fascinated with King Philip II of Spain While in Spain, we visted El Escorial, an unbelievable structure designed by Philip and built during his reign He is also a character in my favorite Verdi opera, Don Carlo.I was hoping this biography would give meinformation about Philip s personal life, particularly his relationship to his son, Don Carlo and his second wife, Elizabeth of Valois Regrettably, there was very little information I found it to be a scholarly book, but rather dry when it came to the real person Full of too many details that I found uninteresting, I must confess that I gave up before the end and returned the book to the library without finishing it It is against my personal beliefs to not finish a book, so this one must have really been dry

  9. says:

    It is an extensive work, before Parker gave us his definitive biography of Philip which unlike the fourth edition is massive, hugely massive I am talking over 1600 pages this was one of the biggest works.However the reason why I give it four stars is because despite all the great information and great work, I found that the author excused Philip in some instances and although I am aware that Kings were not omnipresent in every single act of government, they were not all that ignorant either.

  10. says:

    My high school Spanish teacher told us that Philip had el Escorial built so he could attend Mass while reclining in his bed but the author didn t confirm that Still the book is loaded with details of Philip s life that seem at times the reader is overwhelmed Kamen finds muchto like about Philip than most historians do Kamen claims that other biographers and historians have had an English Dutch bias against the Spanish king.

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