Philip II’s world

The World Is Not Enough: The Imperial Vision of Philip II of SpainThe World Is Not Enough: The Imperial Vision of Philip II of Spain by Geoffrey Parker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a good overview of how Philip II thought about his reign. He was devout and also saw himself as a key instrument in God’s design for the advancement of the Catholic faith, identifying his own plans closely with God’s. Parker contends that his empire was so massive that it could not be adequately defended, and that Philip’s absolute belief that his cause and God’s were the same harmed his ability to make realistic plans.

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