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Title:
The Duke of Alba
Author:
Kamen, Henry.
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Publication Information:
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
204 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Family beginnings, 1507-1533 -- The emperor's general, 1534-1556 -- The King's Counsellor, 1557-1566 -- The council of troubles, 1567-1572 -- Revolt in the Netherlands, 1572-1578 -- The last campaign, 1578-1582 -- Servant of the crown.
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0414/2004001543.html
ISBN:
9780300102833
Format :
Book

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Summary

Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo, the third duke of Alba (1507-82), is known to history as "the butcher of Flanders." The general who carried out Philip II's repressive policies in the Netherlands, he was responsible for the massacre of thousands of men, women, and children, considering it better to lay waste an entire country than leave it in the hands of heretics. Alba came to represent for contemporaries as well as for future generations the unacceptable face of Spanish imperialism.
In this intriguing re-evaluation, Henry Kamen narrates the duke's personal history, looking beyond the conventional image to reveal motives and to explain rather than simply to condemn. Kamen examines the early years of Alba's life, his travels over the whole of Europe, and the complex military and political career that made him Spain's leading general of the imperial age. Drawing on the duke's rich and expressive surviving correspondence, Kamen explores Alba's beliefs and considers his infamous actions within the contexts of his time and of the monarchs--Emperor Charles V and King Philip II of Spain--whom he served.


Author Notes

Henry Kamen , an eminent authority on Spanish history, has published numerous books in the field, including Empire: How Spain Became a World Power, 1492-1763 .