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The Reign of Charles V (European History in Perspective)
The Reign of Charles V is an important new study of one of the most important rulers in world history. As the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain during the mid-1500s, Charles V ruled the first truly global empire and was the greatest of all the Habsburg Emperors. He was responsible for, among other things, the conquests of Mexico and Peru and the consequent European inf...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 27th 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published March 25th 2002)
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Fascinating read on the life of a very powerful and flawed, yet enlightened ruler who strove to do what he thought was right. At a time when the Renaissance has begun to open the minds of Europe's people, and the Enlightenment is just around the corner, Charles V is able to balance fairly successfully the various characters on the political stage. Unfortunately, when he retires to a monastery for his remaining few years, Charles has left his son under a huge cloud of debt. I learned a great deal ...more
The problem with condensed books is that more questions are raised than answered. Charles V, ruler of most of the known world for a few decades was a complicated man during complicated times. While a good overview, this book did not go into any one aspect of his person or his realm too deeply. There was no false advertisement as this is a short book that gives the reader an overview as to who he was and what he had to deal with during his reign.
William S. Maltby, Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Missouri-St Louis. He has written widely on the subject of Spain and the Spanish Empire in the sixteenth century and related topics.More about William S. Maltby...
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