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Robertson William; The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V

SKU: Robertson, William, AB0510177 $129.95
The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V in three volumes of which this is vol. II only. By William Robertson, D.D. principal of the University of Edinburgh, historiographer to his Majesty for Scotland, and member of the Royal Academy of History at Madrid. First American Edition from the tenth London Edition. Printed by Hopkins & Seymour and published by G.F. Hopkins at Washingtona's Head, No. 118 Pearl Street, New York in 1804. Frontispiece steel engraving by A. Anderson. Full leather blank boards. Some gilt banding to spine but all else has worn off. Leather loss to head and foot of spine. Cracked hinges front and back. Edge wear around consistent with age. Rounded corners. Scuffs, scratches and grime are consistent with age. 400 off-white supple pages with minor, random spotting and slight foxing. Pastedown and endpages are toned. Ink mark and penciled initials on front endpaper. No tears or loss. Text is complete. Volume is well bound. Volume measures: 14 cm. x 22.2 cm. (Octavo). Charles V, (Spanish: Carlos I or Carlos V; German: Karl V; Dutch: Karel V; French: Charles Quint - 24 February 1500 a'' 21 September 1558) was the ruler of he Holy Roman Empire from 1519 and, as Charles I of Spain, of the Spanish realms from 1506 until his abdication in 1556. At that time his realm, which had been described as athe empire on which the sun never setsa spanned nearly 4 million square kilometers across Europe, the Far East, and the Americas. As the heir of three of Europea's leading dynasties a'' the Habsburgs of the Archduchy of Austria; the Valois of the Duchy of Burgundy; and the Trastamara of the Crown of Castile and the Crown of Aragon a'' he ruled over a Spanish Empire of extensive domains in: Central, Western and Southern Europe; and the Castilian colonies in North, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and in Asia the Philippines. As the first king to reign in his own right over both Castile and Aragon following the end of the Reconquista, he is often considered as the first King of Spain. Charles I of Spain provided five ships to Ferdinand Magellan and his navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano, after the Portuguese captain was repeatedly turned down by Manuel I of Portugal. The commercial success of the voyage (first circumnavigation of the Earth), temporarily enriched Charles by the sale of its cargo of cloves and laid the foundation for the Pacific oceanic empire of Spain. Charles reign constitutes the pinnacle of Habsburg power, when all the familya's far flung holdings were untied in one hand. After his reign, the realms were split between his descendants, who received the Spanish possession and the Netherlands, and those of his younger brother, who received Austria, Bohemia and Hungary. Aside from this, Charles is best known for his role in opposing the Protestant Reformation and the convocation of the Council of Trent.