Philip II of Spain

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Philip II
King of Spain and Portugal, King of Naples, Ruler of the Spanish Netherlands, Duke of Milan
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Reign January 16, 1556–September 13, 1598
Born May 21, 1527
Valladolid, Spain
Died September 13, 1598 (aged 71)
Madrid, Spain
Predecessor Charles I of Spain (Spain)
Cardinal Henry of Portugal (Portugal)
Anthony, Prior of Crato (Portugal, disputed)
Successor Philip III of Spain
Consort Maria of Portugal
Mary I of England
Elisabeth of Valois
Anna of Austria
Issue Don Carlos, Prince of Asturias
Isabella Clara Eugenia
Catalina Micaela
Philip III of Spain
Royal House House of Habsburg
Father Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Mother Isabella of Portugal

Philip II (Spanish: Felipe II de España; Portuguese: Filipe I) (May 21, 1527 – September 13, 1598) was King of Spain from 1556 until 1598, King of Naples from 1554 until 1598, king consort of England (as husband of Mary I) from 1554 to 1558, Lord of the Seventeen Provinces (holding various titles for the individual territories, such as Duke or Count) from 1556 until 1581, King of Portugal and the Algarves (as Philip I) from 1580 until 1598, and King of Chile from 1554 until 1556. Philip II is considered one of the greatest sovereigns in the History of Spain in terms of leading global exploration and colonial expansion across the Atlantic and the Pacific, and became for a time the foremost global power.

During his reign, Philip II stretched his empire across continents, creating one of the vastest empires ever known and re-shaping the political map of the world. On the one hand, this imperial project played havoc on the lives of many in the New World, seizing their land, their gold, and destroying their cultural heritage and sometimes enforcing conversion to Christianity. The cultural and religious arrogance of this and of other European imperial projects robbed the whole human race of much of its patrimony. At home, through the Spanish Inquisition, Philip impoverished Spain's intellectual life even as he filled the state's coffers with treasure from overseas. On the other hand, millions of people around the world today speak Spanish and feel a kinship with others who homelands were also within the Spanish sphere of influence. This has created an international community of people who identify with a larger entity than the particular national state in which they live, which is healthy for humanity as people realize that without trans-national planetary cooperation, the world cannot survive and thrive.

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Early life and background

Philip was born in Valladolid on the May 21, 1527, and was the only legitimate son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, by his wife Isabella of Portugal.[1] He was educated by Roman Catholic clergymen, whose influence shaped his policies as king. Philip had classic works translated into Spanish for him and was fond of music.[2] He was close to his mother, though his father was often absent.[3] Philip's mother died as the result of a miscarriage when he was twelve.[4] Outside of schooling, Philip enjoyed hunting.[5]

Marriage and issue

Philip's first marriage (1543) was to his cousin Princess Maria of Portugal,[6] who bore him a son, Don Carlos (1545–1568), born July 8, 1545.[7] Maria died four days after giving birth to her son from a hemorrhage.[7]

Philip sought an alliance with the Kingdom of England, marrying his first cousin once removed, Queen Mary I of England. Under the terms of the marriage, Philip became king consort during the lifetime of his spouse. The marriage, unpopular with Mary's subjects, was a purely political alliance as far as Philip was concerned, though the older Mary believed it to be a passionate love-match.[8] On January 16, 1556, Philip succeeded to the throne of Spain, as a result of his father's abdication, but he did not choose to reside in the country until his father's death, two years later.[9] After Mary died childless November 17, 1558,[10] Philip showed an interest in marrying her Protestant younger half-sister, Queen Elizabeth I of England, but this plan fell through for a number of reasons.[9]

In 1559, the 60-year war with France ended with the signing of the Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis.[11] A key element in the peace negotiations was Philip's marriage to Princess Elisabeth of Valois, daughter of Henry II of France,[12] who had originally been promised to Philip's son, Carlos. Philip and Carlos were never particularly close, if they were close at all. When Carlos made plans to leave Spain, Philip had him imprisoned in his room. When the prince died shortly thereafter, from starving himself to death in protest,[13] Philip's enemies accused him of having ordered Carlos's murder. Elisabeth (1545-1568) did not bear Philip a son, but did give him two daughters, Isabella Clara Eugenia and Catalina Micaela.[14] Elisabeth died from complications a year after giving birth to her second child.[15]

Philip's fourth marriage was in 1570, to his niece Anna (who was twenty-two years younger than her uncle),[16] daughter of Emperor Maximilian II, who bore him an heir, Philip III in 1578.[17]

Philip carried on several extramarital affairs during his lifetime.

Although under his reign, global expansion and trade flourished this was not necessarily a good thing because it led to inflation and a massive amount of debt.

Revolt in the Netherlands

The States-General of the Dutch provinces, united in the 1579 Union of Utrecht,[18] passed an Oath of Abjuration of their Spanish-based king, who was also Sovereign over the Netherlands, in 1581. The Netherlands at this time had been a personal union under King Philip, since the Pragmatic Sanction of 1549; he was lord of each separate Dutch Province (for example, Duke of Guelders and Count of Holland). The rebel leader, William I, Prince of Orange ("William the Silent") was outlawed by Philip, and assassinated in 1584, by a Catholic fanatic after Philip had offered a reward of 25,000 crowns to anyone who killed William the Silent, calling him a "pest on the whole of Christianity and the enemy of the human race." Nevertheless, the Dutch forces continued to fight on, and increasingly used their substantial naval resources to plunder Spanish ships and blockade the Spanish-controlled southern provinces.

Economic troubles

Aside from draining state revenues for failed overseas adventurism, the domestic policies of Philip II further burdened Spain, and would, in the following century, contribute to its decline. However, Charles V had left Philip with a debt of 36 million ducats and a deficit of 1 million ducats a year. For one, far too much power was concentrated in Philip's hands. Spain was subject to separate assemblies: The Cortes in Castile along with the assembly in Navarre and three for each of the three regions of Aragon, each of which jealously guarded their traditional rights and laws inherited from the time they were separate kingdoms. This made Spain and its possessions cumbersome to rule. While France was divided by regional states, it had a single Estates-General. The lack of a viable supreme assembly would lead to a great deal of power being concentrated in Philip's hands, but this was made necessary by the constant conflict between different authorities that required his direct intervention as the final arbiter. To deal with the difficulties arising from this situation authority was administered by local agents appointed by the crown and viceroys carried out instructions of the crown. Philip, a compulsive micro-manager, presided over specialized councils for state affairs, finance, war, and the Spanish Inquisition. A distrustful sovereign, Philip played royal bureaucrats against each other, leading to a system of checks and balances that would manage state affairs in a very inefficient manner, sometimes damaging state business (leading to the Perez affair). Calls to move the capital to Lisbon from the Castilian stronghold of Madrid—the new capital Philip established following the move from Valladolid—could have perhaps led to a degree of decentralization, but Philip adamantly opposed such efforts.

Philip's regime severely neglected farming in favor of sheep ranching, thus forcing Spain to import large amounts of grain and other foods by the mid-1560s. Presiding over a sharply divided conservative class structure, the Church and the upper classes were exempt from taxation (to be expected, considering their lack of parliamentary powers) while the tax burden fell disproportionately on the classes engaged in trade, commerce, and industry.

Due to the inefficiencies of the Spanish state structure, industry was also greatly over-burdened by government regulations, though this was the common defect of all governments of the times. The dispersal of the Moriscos from Granada (motivated by the fear they might support a Muslim invasion) had serious negative economic effects, particularly in the region it affected.[19]

Inflation throughout Europe in the sixteenth century was a broad and complex phenomenon, but the flood of bullion from the Americas was the main cause of it in Spain. Under Philip's reign, Spain saw a fivefold increase in prices. Due to inflation and a high tax burden for Spanish manufacturers and merchants Spanish industry was harmed and Spain’s riches were frittered away on imported manufactured goods by an opulent, status-obsessed aristocracy and Philip's wars. Increasingly the country became dependent on the revenues flowing in from the mercantile empire in the Americas, leading to Spain's first bankruptcy (moratorium) in 1557, due to the rising costs of military efforts. Dependent on sales taxes from Castile and the Netherlands, Spain's tax base, which excluded the nobility and the wealthy church, was far too narrow to support Philip's grand plans. Philip became increasingly dependent on loans from foreign bankers, particularly in Genoa and Augsburg. By the end of his reign, interest payments on these loans alone accounted for 40 percent of state revenue.

Philip becomes King of Portugal

Decada Qvarta de Asia (Fourth Decade of Asia), by Diogo Do Couto, Lisbon 1602. Written by mandate of the Invincible Monarch of Spain, Dom Felipe, King of Portugal first of this name.

Philip became King of Portugal in 1581, when he was crowned as Philip I of Portugal and was recognized as such by the Cortes of Tomar.[20]

In 1578, the direct line of the Portuguese royal family had ended when Sebastian of Portugal died following a disastrous campaign against the Moors in Morocco.[21] Philip spoke Portuguese mostly until his mother died. His power helped him to seize the throne, which would be kept as a personal union for sixty years.

Philip famously remarked upon his acquisition of the Portuguese throne: "I inherited, I bought, I conquered," a variation on Julius Caesar and Veni, Vidi, Vici. Thus, Philip added to his possessions a vast colonial empire in Africa, Brazil, and the East Indies, seeing a flood of new revenues coming to the Habsburg crown; and the success of colonization all around his empire improved his financial position, enabling him to show greater aggression towards his enemies.[22]

Turkish threat in the Mediterranean

In the early part of his reign, Philip was concerned with the rising power of the Ottoman Empire under Suleiman the Magnificent. Fear of Islamic domination in the Mediterranean caused him to pursue an aggressive foreign policy.

In 1558, Turkish admiral Piyale Pasha captured the Balearic Islands, especially inflicting great damage on Minorca and enslaving many, while raiding the coasts of the Spanish mainland. Philip appealed to the Pope and other powers in Europe to bring an end to the rising Ottoman threat. Since his father's losses against the Ottomans and against Barbarossa Hayreddin Pasha in 1541, the major European sea powers in the Mediterranean, namely Spain and Venice, became hesitant in confronting the Ottomans. The myth of "Turkish invincibility" was becoming a popular story, causing fear and panic among the people.

In 1560 Philip II organized a "Holy League" between Spain and the Republic of Venice, the Republic of Genoa, the Papal States, the Duchy of Savoy, and the Knights of Malta. The joint fleet was assembled at Messina and consisted of 200 ships (60 galleys and 140 other vessels) carrying a total of 30,000 soldiers under the command of Giovanni Andrea Doria, nephew of the famous Genoese admiral Andrea Doria, who had lost three major battles against the Turks in 1538, 1541, and 1552.

On March 12, 1560, the Holy League captured the island of Djerba which had a strategic location and could control the sea routes between Algiers and Tripoli. As a response, Suleiman the Magnificent sent an Ottoman fleet of 120 ships under the command of Piyale Pasha, which arrived at Djerba on May 9, 1560. The battle lasted until May 14, 1560, and the forces of Piyale Pasha and Turgut Reis (who joined Piyale Pasha on the third day of the battle) had an overwhelming victory at the Battle of Djerba. The Holy League lost 60 ships (30 galleys) and 20,000 men, and Giovanni Andrea Doria could barely escape with a small vessel. The Ottomans retook the Fortress of Djerba, whose Spanish commander, D. Alvaro de Sande, attempted to escape with a ship but was followed and eventually captured by Turgut Reis. In 1565, the Ottomans sent a large expedition to Malta, which laid siege to several forts on the island, taking some of them. The Spanish sent a relief force, which drove the Ottomans, exhausted from a long siege, away from the island.

The grave threat posed by the increasing Ottoman domination of the Mediterranean was reversed in one of history's most decisive battles, with the destruction of nearly the entire Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, by the Holy League under the command of Philip's half brother, Don Juan of Austria. A fleet sent by Philip, again commanded by Don John, reconquered Tunis from the Ottomans in 1573. However, the Turks soon rebuilt their fleet and in 1574, Uluç Ali Reis managed to recapture Tunis with a force of 250 galleys and a siege which lasted 40 days. However Lepanto marked a permanent reversal in the balance of naval power in the Mediterranean and the end of the threat of complete Ottoman control of that sea.[23]

In 1585, a peace treaty was signed with the Ottomans.

War with England

Spanish hegemony and the Counter-Reformation achieved a clear boost in 1554, when Philip married Queen Mary, a Catholic, the older daughter of Henry VIII, and his father's first cousin. However, they had no children; Queen Mary, or "Bloody Mary" as she came to be known in English Protestant lore, died in 1558, before the union could revitalize the Catholic Church in England.[24]

The throne went to Elizabeth, the Protestant daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This union was deemed illegitimate by English Catholics, who did not recognize divorce and who claimed that Mary, Queen of Scots, the Catholic great-granddaughter of Henry VII, was the legitimate heir to the throne.[25]

The execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1587, ended Philip's hopes of placing a Catholic on the English throne.[26] He turned instead to more direct plans to return England to Catholicism by invasion. His opportunity came when England provided support for the Dutch rebels. In 1588, he sent a fleet of vessels, the Spanish Armada, to lead an invasion.[27] The fact that the Spanish fleet had no deep bay in which it could deploy its main fleet meant that it was unable to land and was vulnerable to the smaller English ships. The absence of a backup from the troop carrying ships that were unable to link up with the Armada meant that they were isolated and open to the English fire ships and close range artillery. It was by no means a slaughter; it was a tightly fought battle, but the Spanish were caught in an awkward position and were forced back into retreat.[28] Nonetheless, the operation had little chance of success from the beginning with huge delays, lack of communication between Philip II and his two commanders and of course the lack of a deep bay. Eventually, three more Armadas were deployed; two were sent to England (1596 and 1597), both of which also failed; the third (1599) was diverted to the Azores and Canary Islands to fend off raids there. This Anglo-Spanish war (1585-1604) would be fought to a grinding end, but not until both Philip II (d. 1598) and Elizabeth I (d. 1603) were dead.

The stunning defeat of the Spanish Armada gave great heart to the Protestant cause across Europe. The storm that smashed the retreating armada was seen by many of Philip's enemies as a sign of the will of God. Many Spaniards blamed the admiral of the armada for its failure, but Philip, despite his complaint that he had sent his ships to fight the English, not the elements, was not among them.[28] A little over a year later, in a chat with a monk working in his garden, Philip remarked that: "It is impiety, and almost blasphemy to presume to know the will of God. It comes from the sin of pride, Even kings, Brother Nicholas, must submit to being used by God's will without knowing what it is. They must never seek to use it." The Spanish navy was rebuilt, and intelligence networks were improved. An example of the character of Philip II can be given by the fact that he personally saw that the wounded of the Armada were treated and received a pension, which was unusual for the time.

While the invasion had been averted, England was unable to take advantage of this success. An attempt to use her newfound advantage at sea with a counter armada the following year failed disastrously. Likewise, English buccaneering and attempts to seize territories in the Caribbean were defeated by Spain's rebuilt navy and her intelligence networks (although Cadiz was destroyed by an Anglo-Dutch force after a failed attempt to seize the treasure fleet.)

Even though Philip was bankrupt by 1596 (for the fourth time, after France had declared war on Spain), in the last decade of his life more silver and gold were shipped safely to Spain than ever before. This allowed Spain to continue its military efforts, but led to an increased dependency on the precious metals.

War with France

From 1590 to 1598, Philip was also at war against Henry IV of France, joining with the Papacy and the Duke of Guise in the Catholic League during the French Wars of Religion. Philip's interventions in the fighting—sending Alessandro Farnese,[29] Duke of Parma to relieve the siege of Paris in 1590—and again into Rouen in 1592—to aid the Catholic faction, resulted in refortifying the French defenses. Henry IV of France was also able to use his propagandists to identify the Catholic faction with a foreign enemy (Philip and Spain). In 1593, Henry agreed to convert to Catholicism; this caused most French Catholics to rally to his side against the Spanish forces. In June 1595, the redoubtable French king defeated the Spanish-supported Holy League in Fontaine-Française in Burgundy and reconquered Amiens from the overstretched Spanish forces in September 1597. The May 2, 1598 Treaty of Vervins was largely a restatement of the 1559 Peace of Câteau-Cambrésis;[30] meanwhile, Henry issued the Edict of Nantes, which offered a high degree of religious toleration for French Protestants. The military intervention in France thus ended in a disappointing fashion for Philip, as it failed to either oust Henry from the throne or suppress Protestantism in France and was considered a failure.[31] However, the conversion of Henry ensured that Catholicism would remain France's majority faith.

Legacy

Statue of Philip II at the Sabatini Gardens in Madrid (F. Castro, 1753).

Under Philip II, Spain reached the peak of its power but also met its limits. Having nearly reconquered the rebellious Netherlands, Philip's unyielding attitude led to their loss, this time permanently, as his wars expanded in scope and complexity. So, in spite of the great and increasing quantities of gold and silver flowing into his coffers from the American mines, the riches of the Portuguese spice trade and the enthusiastic support of the Habsburg dominions for the Counter-Reformation, he would never succeed in suppressing Protestantism or defeating the Dutch rebellion. Early in his reign, the Dutch might have laid down their weapons if he had desisted his attempt to suppress Protestantism, but his devotion to Roman Catholicism and the principle of cuius regio, eius religio, as laid down by his father, would not permit him. He was a fervent Roman Catholic, and exhibited the typical sixteenth century disdain for religious heterodoxy.

One of the long term consequences of his striving to enforce Catholic orthodoxy through an intensification of the Inquisition was the gradual smothering of Spain's intellectual life. Students were barred from studying elsewhere and books printed by Spaniards outside the kingdom were banned. Even a highly respected churchman like Archbishop Carranza, was jailed by the Inquisition for seventeen years merely for ideas that seemed sympathetic in some degree to Protestant reformism. Such strict enforcement of orthodox belief was successful and Spain avoided the religiously inspired strife tearing apart other European dominions, but this came at a heavy price in the long run, as her great academic institutions were reduced to third rate status under Philip's successors.

Philip's wars against what he perceived to be heresies led not only to the persecution of Protestants, but also to the harsh treatment of the Moriscos, causing a massive local uprising in 1568. The damage of these endless wars would ultimately undermine the Spanish Habsburg empire after his passing. His endless meddling in details, his inability to prioritize, and his failure to effectively delegate authority hamstrung his government and led to the creation of a cumbersome and overly centralized bureaucracy. Under the weak leadership of his successors, the Spanish ship of state would drift towards disaster. Yet, such was the strength of the system he and his father had built that this did not start to become clearly apparent until a generation after his death.

However, Philip II's reign can hardly be characterized as a failure. He consolidated Spain's overseas empire, succeeded in massively increasing the importation of silver in the face of English, Dutch and French privateering, and ended the major threat posed to Europe by the Ottoman navy (though peripheral clashes would be ongoing). He succeeded in uniting Portugal and Spain through personal union. He dealt successfully with a crisis that could have led to the secession of Aragon. His efforts also contributed substantially to the success of the Catholic Counter-Reformation in checking the religious tide of Protestantism in Northern Europe. Philip was a complex man, and though given to suspicion of members of his court, was not the cruel tyrant that he has been painted by his opponents. Philip was known to intervene personally on behalf of the humblest of his subjects. Above all a man of duty, he was also trapped by it.

Anglo-American societies have generally held a very low opinion of Philip II. The traditional approach is perhaps epitomized by James Johonnot's Ten Great Events in History, in which he describes Philip II as a "vain, bigoted, and ambitious" monarch who "had no scruples in regard to means… placed freedom of thought under a ban, and put an end to the intellectual progress of the country."[32] Spanish apologists generally classify this analysis as part of the Black Legend.

The defense of the Roman Catholic Church and the defeat and destruction of the Protestantism was one of his most important goals. He didn't totally accomplish this; England broke with Rome after the death of Mary, the Holy Roman Empire remained partly Protestant and the revolt in Holland continued. Nevertheless, he prevented Protestantism from gaining a grip in Spain and Portugal and the colonies in the New World, successfully reimposed Catholicism in the reconquered southern half of the Low Countries and forced the French monarchy to abandon Protestantism.

Philip II died in 1598, due to an unspecified type of cancer in El Escorial, (near Madrid) and was succeeded by his son, King Philip III. He is remembered in the name of The Philippines, a former Spanish colony.

Ancestors

House of Habsburg
Spanish line
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Emperor Charles V
(King Charles I)
Children
   Philip II of Spain
   Maria, Holy Roman Empress
   Joan of Spain
   Don John (illegitimate)
   Margaret of Parma (illegitimate)
Philip II
Children include
   Carlos, Prince of Asturias
   Isabella of Spain
   Catherine, Duchess of Savoy
   Philip III of Spain
Philip III
Children include
   Anne, Queen of France
   Philip IV of Spain
   Maria Ana, Holy Roman Empress
   Infante Carlos
   Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand
Philip IV
Children include
   Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias
   Maria Theresa, Queen of France
   Margaret, Holy Roman Empress
   Charles II of Spain
Charles II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
16. Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8. Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17. Eleanor of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4. Philip I of Castile
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
18. Charles, Duke of Burgundy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
9. Mary of Burgundy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
19. Isabella of Bourbon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2. Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
20. John II of Aragon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10. Ferdinand II of Aragon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
21. Juana Enriquez
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Joanna of Castile
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
22. John II of Castile
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
11. Isabella of Castile
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
23. Isabel of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1. Philip II of Spain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24. Edward of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
12. Infante Fernando, Duke of Viseu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25. Leonor of Aragon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
6. Manuel I of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
26. Infante João, Lord of Reguengos
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
13. Beatriz of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
27. Ferdinand I of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Isabella of Portugal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
28. John II of Aragon (= 20)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
14. Ferdinand II of Aragon (= 10)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
29. Juana Enriquez (= 21)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7. Maria of Aragon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
30. John II of Castile (= 22)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
15. Isabella of Castile (= 11)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
31. Isabel of Portugal (= 23)
 
 
 
 
 
 

Philip in fiction

Philip II is a central character in Friedrich Schiller's play, Don Carlos, and Giuseppe Verdi's operatic adaption of the same. He is depicted more sympathetically in the opera than in the play. Philip II is one of the greatest roles for bass in opera and Verdi composed one of his greatest arias, "Ella giammai m'amó!" for the character.

Charles de Coster's 1867 The Legend of Thyl Ulenspiegel and Lamme Goedzak, considered a masterpiece of nineteenth century Belgian literature, depicts the Dutch War of Independence in an extremely partisan manner, though it was an event nearly three centuries old at the time of writing. Accordingly, Philip II is depicted as a total caricature, a vicious moron with not the slightest redeeming feature—a depiction seemingly drawing on hostile Dutch and other Protestant sources of Philip's own time.

Philip II is played by Jordi Molla in Shekhar Kapur's 2007 film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He also appears in the opening scene of the 1940 adventure film, The Sea Hawk, and is played by Montagu Love. Philip's marriage to Elisabeth and the subsequent episode with his son are strongly alluded to in Lope de Vega's Castigo sin venganza (1631).

A good novelized account of Philip's personal life and character appears in The Spanish Bridegroom, by Jean Plaidy. The plot of Carlos Fuentes's 1975 novel, Terra Nostra, revolves around the construction of Philip II's monastery/palace of San Lorenzo de El Escorial in the Sierra de Guadarrama near Madrid. Philip II also appears in Actus Fidei, a play by Steven Breese which premiered at Christopher Newport University in 2007.

In Philippa Gregory's The Queen's Fool, a historical novel set in the court of Mary I of England, Philip—Mary's consort at the time—is depicted as completely captivated by the seductive Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth I) even though "as a brilliant statesman and diplomat, he was well-aware that this fascination with his wife's sister was harmful to his political interests" as the book puts it.

In Harry Turtledove's alternate history novel Ruled Britannia, in which the Spanish Armada succeeded in its effort to conquer England, Shakespeare is engaged by the victorious Spanish to write a play glorifying King Philip.

A verse in G.K. Chesterton's Lepanto speaks of Philip engaging in a strange alchemical ritual.


House of Habsburg
Born: 21 May 1527; Died: 13 September 1598


Preceded by:
Charles V
Ruler of the Seventeen Provinces of the Spanish Netherlands
Losing the provinces of Groningen and Ommelanden, Friesland, Overijssel, Lower Guelders and Zutphen, Holland, and Zeeland to the United Provinces after 26 July 1581

16 January 1556-6 May 1598
Succeeded by:
Infanta Isabella of Spain and Archduke Albert of Austria
Succeeded by:
United Provinces
King of Naples
1554 – 1598
Succeeded by:
Philip III of Spain
II of Portugal
King of Spain
1556 – 1598
Preceded by:
Anthony
King of Portugal and the Algarves
1581 – 1598
Spanish royalty
Vacant
Title last held by
Charles


Prince of Asturias
1527 – 1556
Succeeded by:
Prince Carlos
English royalty
Preceded by:
Lord Guilford Dudley
King consort of England
1554 – 1558
Succeeded by:
Anne of Denmark

Notes

  1. Henry Kamen, Philip of Spain (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-300-07081-0), pg 2.
  2. Kamen (1997), p. 4, 5.
  3. Kamen (1997), p. 3-6.
  4. Kamen (1997), p. 6.
  5. Kamen (1997), p. 4.
  6. Kamen (1997) p. 8.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Kamen (1997), p. 20.
  8. Kamen (1997), p. 54-57.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kamen (1997), p. 72.
  10. Kamen (1997), p. 71.
  11. Kamen (1997), p. 73.
  12. Kamen (1997), p. 74.
  13. Kamen (1997), p. 119-122.
  14. Kamen (1997), p. 118.
  15. Kamen (1997), p. 122.
  16. Kamen (1997), p. 136.
  17. Kamen (1997), p. 161.
  18. Kamen (1997), p. 171.
  19. Kamen. 1997. pg 131.
  20. Kamen (1997), p. 242.
  21. Martin Andrew Sharp Hume, Philip II of Spain (London: Macmillan, 1906), p. 185.
  22. Kamen (1997), p. 244.
  23. Kamen (1997), p. 138-140, 143.
  24. Kamen (1997), p. 132.
  25. Kamen (1997), p. 133, 256.
  26. Kamen (1997), p. 270.
  27. Kamen (1997), p. 273-275.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Kamen (1997), p. 276.
  29. Hume (1906), p. 243.
  30. Kamen (1997), p. 312-313.
  31. Kamen (1997), p. 313.
  32. James Johonnot, Ten Great Events in History (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1887), p. 167-168. Retrieved May 21, 2008.

References

  • Collin, Martin, and Geoffrey Parker. 2002. The Spanish Armada. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. ISBN 1-901341-14-3.
  • Hume, Martin Andrew Sharp. 1906 (2000). Philip II of Spain. London: Macmillan.
  • Johonnot, James. 1887. Ten Great Events in History. New York: D. Appleton & Co. ISBN 9781406534658. Retrieved May 21, 2008.
  • Kamen, Henry. 1997. Philip of Spain. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 0300070810.

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