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Philip of Spain

Author: Henry Kamen
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 Drawing on Philip's unpublished correspondence and on many other archival sources, Henry Kamen reveals much about Philip the youth, the man, the husband, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Philip, King of Spain; Philip, King of Spain; Philippe, roi d'Espagne; Felipe, Rey de España.; Philip, King of Spain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Kamen
ISBN: 0300070810 9780300070811 0300078005 9780300078008
OCLC Number: 36104018
Description: xiii, 384 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Henry Kamen.

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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 Drawing on Philip's unpublished correspondence and on many other archival sources, Henry Kamen reveals much about Philip the youth, the man, the husband, the father, the frequently troubled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, this book is the definitive portrayal of Philip II.

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