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Spain : the centre of the world 1519-1682

Author: Robert Goodwin
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the sixteenth century, the Spaniards became the first nation in history to have worldwide reach - across most of Europe to the Americas, the Philippines, and India. The Golden Age of the Spanish Empire would establish five centuries of Western supremacy across the globe and usher in an era of transatlantic exploration that eventually gave rise to the modern world. It was a time of discovery and adventure, of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Goodwin
ISBN: 1408830108 9781408830109 9781408862285 140886228X
OCLC Number: 908628350
Description: 587 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps, genealogical table ; 24 cm
Contents: Gold. The Age of Chivalry : Charles V. Realms of gold ; Holy Roman Emperor ; Isabella of Portugal ; Arms and letters : Garcilaso and Alba ; rule of law ; Death of the emperor --
The Age of Bureaucracy : Philip II. El Escorial and El Greco ; St Teresa, mystic poets, and the Inquisition ; The Netherlands : "the Great Bog of Europe" ; Portugal and the Duke of Alba ; Pirates, criminals, and tax collecting ; The Great Armada, 1588 --
Glitter. The Age of Peace : Philip III and the Duke of Lerma. The first modern novel, Don Quixote ; Moriscos and Catalans ; Holy Week : art and illusion ; Vela\0301zquez and Zurbara\0301n ; Politics and poetry : Go\0301ngora and Quevedo --
The Age of Decline : Philip IV and the Count-Duke of Olivares. Drama : Olivares and Don Juan ; The Prince of Wales in Madrid ; Triumph and disaster ; Death and defeat.
Responsibility: Robert Goodwin.

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Four hundred years ago, Spain was the epicenter of the largest empire in history and Spaniards laid the foundations of the modern western world.  Read more...

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This is history as it should be but so rarely is. Never, since Richard Cobb's great books on ancien regime France, has an English historian written on the history of a foreign country so much from Read more...

 
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