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Philip of Spain, King of England: The Forgotten Sovereign

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The Spanish Armada conjures up images of age-old rivalries, bravery, and treachery. However, the same Spanish monarch who sent the Armada to invade England in 1588 was, just a few years previously, the King of England and husband of Mary Tudor. This important new book sheds new light on Philip II of Spain, England's forgotten sovereign. Previous accounts of Mary's brief re ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 15th 2011 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2011)
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Selkie
Mar 31, 2015 Selkie rated it it was ok
It is strange that the book only concentrates on his period in England (as the title warns us), when the writer acknowledges the fact at least twice in the book that most of the letters during his stay in England had been lost to history. It may have been more interesting if they had written of his entire love. The last chapter states he had lived 39 years after 1559---weren't any of his achievements in those years noteworthy?
So little has been written about him...
Midgetbee
More a quick overview of Philip's time as King then an indepth history. Started off reasonably well, but the author left out a lot of details in order to paint Philip as a heroic and magnificent King that the English didn't deserve and refused to recognise. Unconvincing.
Susan
Dec 13, 2011 Susan added it
This was an interesting book about Mary I's Spanish husband. I wish it had gone into more depth as to Philip's character.
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