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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1ST edition (May 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300102836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300102833
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,274,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . renders a pithy, vivid portrait of the Castilian grandee as reactionary, cultivated, authoritarian, and . . . loyal to kin and king." -- Francis X. Rocca, the Wall Street Journal

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Henry Kamen is the author of four books published by Yale University Press, including Philip of Spain (ISBN 0 300 07800 5, [pound]11.95*) and Philip V of Spain: The King Who Reigned Twice (ISBN 0 300 08718 7, [pound]25.00*).

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nikolai G. on June 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps the most Castilian subject of the most Spanish of the Kings of Spain, Philip II, Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, III Duke of Alba had until recently remained controversial in the eyes of the public, an iconic figure representing vividly Spanish imperialism, cruelty arrogance and all those other characteristics which constitute La Leyenda Negra.

A few years after William S. Maltby penned his superb biography of the Duke (William S. Maltby, <Alba: A Biography of Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Third Duke of Alba 1507-1582>. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983), Henry Kamen makes another attempt to uncover the man behind the myth, and shed light on Alba's personality as a man and a statesman, on his ideas, views on faith, politics and people, all those things which define one's perception of the world and are the root of the choices one makes. Kamen tries to keep his usual spirit of anti-Castilianism under control, and focuses more on the controversy surrounding his hero, ably recreating the political situation in which Alba's ideology was constantly formed throughout his life. He succeeds in demonstrating the Duke's strengths and weaknesses, connecting ably Alba's mistaken vision of government as applied to the Netherlands during his governorship there, with the spread of popular dissent in the region, and the transformation of a political game of the local élite into a popular revolt.

Where Kamen misses his mark, is warfare. One has the sense that the author doesn't fully comprehend the changes in the ways war was now waged, which is an important downside when the subject of your research is primarily a military figure, and one who was considered the greatest general in the Spanish realms by friend and foe.
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By Glenn D. Robinson on May 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Kamen stated up front that this volume is a basic bio for the general reader and not the indepth one for scholars. For this, he did an excellent job and giving a very good write up of The Duke of Alba. Best known for his manical treatment of the Dutch, he is also known within Spain for his loyalty and devotion to the Monarch. He and his son brutlaized and murdered many thousands of Dutch in the 1560-1570's in the quest to maintain loyal ties to the Spanish Monarch and to block out Protestantism. He clearly failed. A very good book for the basics on the Duke.
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Format: Hardcover
In 1566 the Protestants of the Netherlands decided to secede from Spain. Philip II sent the Duke of Alba to restore order. The repression was brutal. But it was useless. El Duque has been considered since a brutal one. This biography is about changing the image man, placing it in the context as a faithful servant of kings. It is another point of view, different known, the usual. You see the character from another perspective. It is taking and the circumstances. Interesting.
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