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Imperial Spain: 1469-1716 Paperback – September 24, 2002
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Elliott tells his story by focusing on the reigns of the great monarchs of the 15th and 16th centuries of Spain, and the considerably less great monarchs and their "favorites" (noblemen who actually ran Spain--as Elliott puts it at one point, the kings reigned, but the favorites ruled) of the 17th century. The highpoint of the story comes rather early, with the remarkable reign of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, surely the greatest monarchial partnership Europe has known. Two gifted, talented, and powerful monarchs, they worked together brilliantly to create one of the great empires of Europe, managing such feats as driving the Moors out of Spain and creating a dynasty in the New World (as well as funding Columbus' discovery of it). Unfortunately, they, the Most Catholic Kings, also were responsible for the Inquisition. Elliott takes a balanced approach to the Inquisition (not my own inclination, since it seems to me to be an unmitigable horror), not minimizing its effects, but trying to understand it in context.Read more ›
Elliott's history of Imperial Spain paints a clear picture of the reasons for this abrupt rise and decline.Read more ›
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An excellent history that holds up well more than fifty years after its first publication. Traces and explains the arc of Spain's imperial rise and decline from the 1469... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Neil Silver
Excelent reading. The most entertaining history book read so far.Published 1 month ago by Jaime Sabal
Excellent treatment of a forgotten era. This book was carefully considered and selected for our local History Book Club assignment.Published 6 months ago by Amtak
I love Elliot, specially when he deals with Spain. He got to understand the Spaniards. IRMA DICKINSONPublished 15 months ago by irma dickinson
This is a fine reading if you want a general understanding of this epoch. It is now a classical but it stands the test of time.Published 18 months ago by Hoppius
This is the classic book on the golden period of Spain, from the Catholic King and Queen to the end of the empire in the 18th century. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Julio1fer