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ISBN: HB: 9780300196528

Yale University Press

May 2019

400 pp.

23.5x15.6 cm

16 colour illus., 24 black&white illus.



A New Life of Charles V

The life of Emperor Charles V (1500-1558), ruler of Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and much of Italy and Central and South America, has long intrigued biographers. But the elusive nature of the man (despite an abundance of documentation), his relentless travel and the control of his own image, together with the complexity of governing the world's first transatlantic empire, complicates the task.

Geoffrey Parker, one of the world's leading historians of early modern Europe, has examined the surviving written sources in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish, as well as visual and material evidence. He explores the crucial decisions that created and preserved this vast empire, analyzes Charles's achievements within the context of both personal and structural factors, and scrutinizes the intimate details of the king's life for clues to his character and inclinations. The result is a unique biography that interrogates every dimension of Charles's rule and views the world through the Emperor's own eyes.

About the Author

Geoffrey Parker is Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History and associate of the Mershon Center at the Ohio State University. Among his many awards is the 2012 Heineken Prize for History.