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    Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II (Hardback) By (author) Geoffrey Parker

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    DescriptionPhilip II is not only the most famous king in Spanish history, but also the most infamous king in English history: the man who launched the Spanish Armada was the same man who attempted the assassination of Elizabeth Tudor. This compelling biography of Europe's most powerful sixteenth-century monarch begins with his conception (1526) and ends with his ascent to heaven (1603), two occurrences surprisingly well-documented by contemporaries. Geoffrey Parker draws on decades of research and a recent, extraordinary archival discovery - a trove of 3,000 documents in the vaults of the Hispanic Society of America in New York City, unread since crossing Philip's own desk. Some of the documents confirm what is already known about the king. Others change the picture significantly. The book examines Philip's long apprenticeship; his three principal interests (work, play and religion); and the major political, military and personal challenges he faced during his long reign. Parker also reviews Philip's reputation in legend and history, offering fresh insights into the causes of Philip's leadership failures: was his empire simply too big to manage, or would a monarch with different talents and temperament have fared better?

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    Imprudent King
    A New Life of Philip II
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Geoffrey Parker
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 356
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 419 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300196535
    ISBN 10: 0300196539

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DSE
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15560
    B&T Approval Code: A40303000
    LC classification: JC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 23
    BISAC V2.8: HIS045000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: BIO014000
    B&T Approval Code: A15202050
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037090
    BIC subject category V2: 1DSE
    DC23: 946.043092
    Thema V1.0: NHB, DNBH, NHD
    Illustrations note
    20 colour images & 36 b/w illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 October 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History at The Ohio State University, having previously taught at the University of Illinois, the University of St Andrews and Yale University. He has received the 2012 Heineken History Prize, the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History, two book prizes, and two Guggenheim awards. Among his many books are The Grand Strategy of Philip II (1998) and Global Crisis (2013), both published by Yale.
    Review quote
    "Parker's highly detailed but also immensely readable book has come far closer to that than any previous account of the most enigmatic of Spanish kings."--Anthony Pagden, "New York Times Book Review "on" The Grand Strategy of Philip II"--Anthony Pagden "New York Times Book Revier "