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Philip of Spain, King of England: The Forgotten Sovereign

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ISBN-13: 978-1848857162
ISBN-10: 1848857160
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“Philip as King of England has hitherto been a rather overlooked figure in English history. This book is a timely attempt to place him centre stage.”--Anna Whitelock, author of Mary Tudor: England's First Queen

About the Author

Harry Kelsey is a historian of Tudor England. He is the author of Sir Francis Drake: The Queen's Pirate (2000) and Sir John Hawkins: Queen Elizabeth's Slave Trader (2003), both published by Yale University Press.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris (December 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848857160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848857162
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,753,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14, 2012
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Philip of Spain is one of the most glossed over characters in Tudor biographies. He is usually referred to as the husband who abandoned Mary and often as a man who tried to arrange a marriage treaty with Elizabeth even as his wife was dying. So, it was an interesting experience to read a biography which puts this very interesting character firmly at centre stage, and to see what led to him turning from the King of England to the enemy which sent the Spanish Armada against the country he once lived in.

The author begins by contrasting the early lives of both Philip and Mary. Mary, declared illegitimate on the marriage of her father to Anne Boleyn, seperated from her mother and kept from court. Although skilled at languages, she was not educated to become a ruling queen and was seemingly unlikely to succeed to the throne. In comparison, Philip was trained in the theory and practice of government and raised to rule. Philip's father, Charles, was Mary's uncle and her ardent supporter. He advised Mary to accept Henry's terms in order to be restored to favour and the succession. When Henry died and Edward became king, Mary became a symbol of resistance to Catholics. When she became Queen, Charles suggested she need a husband to assist her. The possibility of joining England and Spain in marriage was almost too good to be true. England could provide an alliance against France and help to defend Spain's possessions in the Netherlands.

Although Charles was considered as a possible husband for Mary, he was too old to be a likely suitor. Philip was understandably reluctant, being 27 to her 37, but he was a loyal and dutiful son and agreed to the match - although he was already widowed and had a son.
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No surprises for those who know the basic backgrounds of Philip II and Mary I. Leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
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