Spain: The Centre of the World 1519-1682

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In the sixteenth century, the Spaniards became the first nation in history to have worldwide reach; across most of Europe to the Americas, the Philippines, and India. Goodwin tells the story of Spain and the Spaniards, from great soldiers like the Duke of Alba to literary figures and artists such as El Greco, Velázquez, Cervantes, and Lope de Vega, and the monarchs who ruled over them.

At the beginning of the modern age, Spaniards were caught between the excitement of change and a medieval world of chivalry and religious orthodoxy, they experienced a turbulent existential angst that fueled an exceptional Golden Age, a fluorescence of art, literature, poetry, and which inspired new ideas about International Law, merchant banking, and economic and social theory.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9408 KB
  • Print Length: 609 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1408830108
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (7 May 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VVELCRE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

fantastic

 on 19 July 2017
By Michael
great book 🙂 very interesting, if you wanna read about the rise and downfall of the spanish empire this is the one

… think the book is above all a letter of love? than anything else

 on 16 August 2017
By esteban ayala
Very goodI As a Spaniard I think the book is above all a letter of love? than anything else; so… THANK YOU!. Esteban Ayala.

Popular Kulturgeschichte of Spain in its Golden Age

4 people found this helpful.
 on 6 March 2016
By rob crawford
This is a very fun book that tells great stories, interprets events to a degree, and views art and culture as a reflection of society at the time. While politics and war are somewhat neglected, the principal events are covered fairly well. This is not an academic book, but it is enough for students and amateur historians to enjoy. For travelers, it is an ideal book to bring on vacation.

A stonking good book, beautifully written and full of lively detail

6 people found this helpful.
 on 4 September 2015
By miss v bellamy
A stonking good book, beautifully written and full of lively detail. Very full references to Spanish culture which is what I wanted.

that ‘deeply religious and very beautiful provincial backwater’

24 people found this helpful.
 on 20 July 2015
By Alexander Fiske-Harrison
From my review in The Spectator:

Spain, 1519-1682. a history.

 on 10 December 2015
By Mike Abrahams
History of the Spanish Empire, and the famous Spanish Armada sailing against the English.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on 2 August 2016
By ricardo stanley
A fantastic book, was difficult to put down

Five Stars

 on 16 July 2016
By Pauline
Very readable and easy to understand how people thought and why.

What an amazing adventure a must read

 on 28 March 2016
By nigel rosewell
Amazing look back at Spain when it was the most powerful nation on Earth. Charting the many cruel acts: including the expulsion of Jews and Moors. It reads like a novel told via a miriad of many larger than life characters . Loved it.

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