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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (18 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333630432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333630433
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...up-to-date and sound.' - Geoffrey Parker, Ohio State University, Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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PATRICK WILLIAMS is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Portsmouth.

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Philip II of Spain was born on 21 May 1527 in Valladolid, the first child of the emperor Charles V and his wife Isabella. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nikolai G. on 11 Jun. 2007
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A very easy-to-read book, well written, comprehensive, well researched. It does not challenge other biographies of the Prudent King, like those classic ones by G. Parker and H. Kamen, on any significant points, but/and is a nice choice if you are a casual reader, or a student. Well structured and vividly written, with what the Greeks call "a sensitivity towards the subject", and a sensitivity towards the reader, I might add, this is a very nice biography in all.
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By Simon straw on 17 Mar. 2006
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Having chosen Philip II for my A level Coursework subject, I have found this book to be of invaluable use in helping me attain a concise perception of Philip II. Its set out in an easy to access manner which is truly helpful when you have to analyse such a wide range of material. I would recommend this book to anyone with a general interest in Spanish History or even history as a whole.
Philip II is a man of many contradictions, who has been represented by historians in so many ways, from the "Black Legend" to the most just of Kings!!!!
A great read!!!!
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a worthy read 29 Jun. 2005
By Nikolai G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although this can not compete with the latest masterful biography of Philip II in Spanish, written by Geoffrey Parker (<Felipe II. La biografía definitiva>) it remains a competent overview of the Prudent King's life and reign. Highly readable, it comprehensively covers the major events of the period and Philips role in them. It does not challenge other biographies of Philip II on any significant point, but/and remains a good introduction to the man and his reign and thus a perfect choice for the casual reader or the undergraduate student.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Don't bother to read the review, just buy the book !! 9 Aug. 2002
By Charles Poncet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For anyone with an interest in Philip II of Spain or the convulsive times Europe was going through in his age, this is an absolute must. The author's mastery of the subject is obvious and his writing is never heavy or boring. The book is superb, simple, clear,discretly erudite. Mr. Williams writes to please and interest the reader, not to impress the world with his knowledge. His book should be compulsory reading for French historians, most of whom are pompous bores.
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Great Biography 21 Feb. 2007
By Andromeda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very good and interesting biography on Philip II. It was very easy to read and will written. Becoming the most powerful person in Europe at the time. The amount of land and countries he ruled over is impressive.
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Not recommended 22 May 2008
By M. Michael Crown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This version of Philip falls into so many shallow traps repeating the errors and outright lies of Philip's enemies, it is frustrating to read. He makes blanket statements which are just "let me tell you what to think about this" without backing them up.

Having read at least five other bios of Philip, my estimate of this one is that it no where near does justice to the man, his spirit, character or reasons for his decisions.

Walsh's is the most interesting and best researched, even forgetting that it was written long ago. He has the most love for his subject. He really shows Philip's heroic character and immense pressures, along with flaws.

Kamen's is an interesting read, though it almost ignores the Catholic aspect of Philip.
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