Heritage and Early Life of Charles V (Excerpt)

December 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Heritage and Early Life of Charles V (Excerpt)

“Charles was born in the Flemish city of Ghent in 1500. The culture and courtly life of the Burgundian Low Countries were an important influence in his early life. He was tutored by William de Croÿ (who would later become his first prime minister), and also by Adrian of Utrecht (later Pope Adrian VI). It is said that Charles spoke several vernacular languages: he […]

Summary of Charles V (Excerpt)

December 7, 2011 | Comments Off on Summary of Charles V (Excerpt)

“Charles V (Spanish: Carlos I, German: Karl V., Italian: Carlo V, Dutch: Karel V, French: Charles Quint; 24 February 1500 – 21 September 1558) was ruler of the Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Charles I, of the Spanish Empire from 1516 until his voluntary retirement and abdication in favor of his younger brother Ferdinand I and his son Philip II in 1556. As the heir of three of Europe’s leading […]

The Political Context (Excerpt from Ch. 13)

December 7, 2011 | Comments Off on The Political Context (Excerpt from Ch. 13)

“In June 1519 the election of the Hapsburg heir Charles V  (r. 1519-1556), as Holy Roman Emperor created a situation that gave men like Frederick reason to be protective of their sovereignty. The 19-year-old emperor’s sprawling domain included Austria, Hungary, Bohemia, the Netherlands, Spain, Sicily, Sardinia, the Kingdom of Naples, and overlordship of Germany and […]

The Spanish Golden Age

October 31, 2011 | Comments Off on The Spanish Golden Age

The Spanish Golden Age (the Siglo de Oro in Spanish) was a period of high artistic activity and achievement that lasted from about 1580 to 1680. During this time period, El Greco and Velázquez painted their masterpieces, and Cervantes wrote his famous, satirical novel Don Quixote. The theatre also enjoyed a golden age in acting […]

Queen Elizabeth 1

October 6, 2011 | Comments Off on Queen Elizabeth 1

“Elizabeth inherited a tattered realm: dissension between Catholics and Protestants tore at the very foundation of society; the royal treasury had been bled dry by Mary and her advisors, Mary’s loss of Calais left England with no continental possessions for the first time since the arrival of the Normans in 1066 and many (mainly Catholics) […]


October 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Reformations

Chapter 13 discusses the wide variety of wars and confrontations over religions in Europe. With all the new ideas broached from important individuals and new technologies, the peoples ways of thinking was only a very timely event that was eventually going to take place. During this time, several reformations occured simply over the idea that […]

The Thirty Years’ War

October 2, 2011 | Comments Off on The Thirty Years’ War

The West: A Narrative History, Vol. II: 1400-Present Summary The Peace of Augsburg, created in 1555 which prevented religious conflicts in Germany, held back any possibility of Lutherans and Catholics understanding each other.   After this, Ferdinand was going to ascend to the Bohemian throne.  He required that everyone under his rule become Catholic.  In Prague, […]

France’s Religious Wars

October 2, 2011 | Comments Off on France’s Religious Wars

The West: A Narrative History, Vol. II: 1400 -Present Summary The France Religious Wars were wars fought between Catholics and Protestants in France.  It all started with St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre.   Margaret, a Catholic, and Henry of Navarre, a Huguenot, were to be wed.  The wedding would bring hope of bringing the two religions together.  […]

Chapter 13

September 29, 2011 | Comments Off on Chapter 13

01mapdesc.jpg “Charles’s empire was the product of a series of carefully plotted dynastic marriages that made him the heir to lands scattered across Europe.” Citation Frankforter, Daniel A. and Spellman, William M. The West A Narrative History. New Jersey:Pearson Prentice Hall, 2009  

England’s Ambivalent Reformation

December 4, 2009 | Comments Off on England’s Ambivalent Reformation

Apart from the Scandinavian states, England was the only major country to break with the papacy. Its decision to do so owed more to politics than to religion. As nation-states consolidated in the late medieval era, their governments increasingly regarded the papacy as a foreign power whose right to intervene in their affairs had to […]

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