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Emperor: A New Life of Charles V

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Drawing on vital new evidence, a top historian dramatically reinterprets the ruler of the world’s first transatlantic empire

The life of Emperor Charles V (1500–1558), ruler of Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and much of Italy and Central and South America, has long intrigued biographers. But the elusive nature of the man (despite an abundance of documentation), his relent
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Hardcover, 738 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Yale University Press
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Andrew Dockrill
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Geoffrey Parker is quickly growing into one of my favorite authors. Having read his book on Philip II, I enjoyed it quite alot but it was not as interesting or enjoyable as this new biography. Parkers background is in medieval spain and warfare which comes through in this book as he is clearly very knowledgeable without being exhausted - the same cannot be said for Frank Mclynn.

While Charles and his habsburg jaw were largely successful, he was also largely negligent when it came to the concerns
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Paul
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is quite long, but quite good. I'm not sure how much credence to give this version of Charles' life since there seems to be so many (contradictory) versions in various books. But this is obviously well-researched and written by a highly credible author, so it's definitely worth your time if you're interested in Charles' life. You're bound to find a few particularly interesting aspects of his life and/or facts. It includes a really nice chronology and over 100 pages of notes, and a detailed ...more
Anne Morgan
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
"Emperor" follows the life of Charles V, who essentially creates, inherits, marries, and wins what is now known as the Hapsburg Empire: Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, parts of Italy, etc. Although a biography that follows his life in great detail, I had a hard time finding Charles the person in all of it. The book is divided into sections to cover his life and at the end of each section is a "portrait of the emperor" section that reveals a bit more of him as a human being, but the majority of ...more
Henrietta  Penelope
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of Sixteenth Century European history I was thrilled to see that a new biography of Charles V had been written.

I thoroughly enjoyed this detailed yet readable book. The structure makes it easy to follow Charles’ complex and itinerant life and brings the Emperor to life for the reader. Geoffrey Parker does an excellent job of highlighting the many competing problems Charles faced and the extent to which his successes and failures were due to his own actions (or inactions) or the inhere
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Alexandra
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
A jam-packed textbook of a read. There is so much introduced and explained to the reader. So many people and events that related in some way to Charles V. Great for someone who wants a good sourcebook for him. You get a lot of primary sourced text merged into the writing so you get a good balance of the primary source and the explanation of information of the time and afterwords.
Heather Bennett
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emperor is a fascinating book about Charles V and the author clearly has done a lot of research. There is plenty of information and interesting facts to learn about. Well written.
Robert Duif
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are familiar with the events and protagonists of Charles's life you might want to read the epilogue for a more critical assessment.

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The author's painstaking research and attention to detail is obvious in the writing of this book. There were many facts that I only discovered after reading this!
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Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History and an Associate of the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University. He has published widely on the social, political and military history of early modern Europe, and in 2012 the Royal Dutch Academy recognized these achievements by awarding him its biennial Heineken Foundation Prize for History, open to scholars in any field, and an ...more