Emperor
Drawing on vital new evidence, a top historian dramatically reinterprets the ruler of the world’s first transatlantic empireThe life of Emperor Charles V (1500–1558), ruler of Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, and much of Italy and Central and South America, has long intrigued biographers. But the elusive nature of the man (despite an abundance of documentation), his relentless travel and the control of his own image, together with the complexity of governing the world’s first transatlantic empire, complicate the task.Geoffrey Parker, one of the world’s leading historians of early modern Europe, has examined the surviving written sources in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish, as well as visual and material evidence. He explores the crucial decisions that created and preserved this vast empire, analyzes Charles’s achievements within the context of both personal and structural factors, and scrutinizes the intimate details of the ruler's life for clues to his character and inclinations. The result is a unique biography that interrogates every dimension of Charles’s reign and views the world through the emperor’s own eyes.

Emperor Details

TitleEmperor
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 25th, 2019
PublisherYale University Press
ISBN-139780300196528
Rating
GenreHistory, Biography, European History, Cultural, Spain, Germany

Emperor Review

  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    This is quite long, but quite good. I'm not sure how much credence to give this version of Charles' life since there seems to be so many (contradictory) versions in various books. But this is obviously well-researched and written by a highly credible author, so it's definitely worth your time if you're interested in Charles' life. You're bound to find a few particularly interesting aspects of his life and/or facts. It includes a really nice chronology and over 100 pages of notes, and a detailed This is quite long, but quite good. I'm not sure how much credence to give this version of Charles' life since there seems to be so many (contradictory) versions in various books. But this is obviously well-researched and written by a highly credible author, so it's definitely worth your time if you're interested in Charles' life. You're bound to find a few particularly interesting aspects of his life and/or facts. It includes a really nice chronology and over 100 pages of notes, and a detailed bibliography. Recommended for history fans. 4.5 StarsI really appreciate the complimentary copy for review!!
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  • Andrew Dockrill
    January 1, 1970
    Geoffrey Parker is quickly growing into one of my favorite authors. Having read his book on Philip II, I enjoyed it quite alot but it was not as interesting or enjoyable as this new biography. Parkers background is in medieval spain and warfare which comes through in this book as he is clearly very knowledgeable without being exhausted - the same cannot be said for Frank Mclynn. While Charles and his habsburg jaw were largely successful, he was also largely negligent when it came to the concerns Geoffrey Parker is quickly growing into one of my favorite authors. Having read his book on Philip II, I enjoyed it quite alot but it was not as interesting or enjoyable as this new biography. Parkers background is in medieval spain and warfare which comes through in this book as he is clearly very knowledgeable without being exhausted - the same cannot be said for Frank Mclynn. While Charles and his habsburg jaw were largely successful, he was also largely negligent when it came to the concerns of his people and often pursued his own ambitions instead of looking to address the grievances of his people. He ignored the uprising in Spain of the Comunero revolt and was not able to facilitate his expansion into Mexico when Cortes met the Aztecs. What can certainly be said of Charles was that of the three major monarchs during his reign; Francis in France and Henry in England, he was certainly the best military leader. Granted that does not say much as Francis was very poor at military affairs, Charles certainly stood shoulders above the rest especially when fighting the Ottomans who were pressing onto Christendom from the East with the help of Francis I. Charles also certainly displayed his leadership during his suppression of the Lutheran movement in the 1540s when he tried to bring the landgrave and heads of the Netherlands back under catholicism, a problem that his son would inherit. While Parker does try his best to remain neutral as all good professional historians are suppose to do, you could sense that he was a sympathizer of Charles, which is hard to argue against as he was largely successful in most that he tried to do and was the most successful monarch who fit the role of emperor in the 1500's and largely did it without using previous empires to use as his guidance. I will definitely be returning to this book in the future and will definitely recommend the book to any who want to learn about him.
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  • Anne Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    "Emperor" follows the life of Charles V, who essentially creates, inherits, marries, and wins what is now known as the Hapsburg Empire: Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, parts of Italy, etc. Although a biography that follows his life in great detail, I had a hard time finding Charles the person in all of it. The book is divided into sections to cover his life and at the end of each section is a "portrait of the emperor" section that reveals a bit more of him as a human being, but the majority of "Emperor" follows the life of Charles V, who essentially creates, inherits, marries, and wins what is now known as the Hapsburg Empire: Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, parts of Italy, etc. Although a biography that follows his life in great detail, I had a hard time finding Charles the person in all of it. The book is divided into sections to cover his life and at the end of each section is a "portrait of the emperor" section that reveals a bit more of him as a human being, but the majority of the book is a detailed review of Charles' triumphs and failures- especially in war- with not as many of the reasonings behind the scenes as I enjoy in biographies. I got only limited understanding of the lands, times, and people Charles dealt with on a daily basis. "Emperor" is a very well researched and detailed book, but overall I felt it read like a history textbook more than anything else and I found myself dragging my way through it instead of enjoying the journey.
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  • Henrietta Penelope
    January 1, 1970
    As a lover of Sixteenth Century European history I was thrilled to see that a new biography of Charles V had been written.I thoroughly enjoyed this detailed yet readable book. The structure makes it easy to follow Charles’ complex and itinerant life and brings the Emperor to life for the reader. Geoffrey Parker does an excellent job of highlighting the many competing problems Charles faced and the extent to which his successes and failures were due to his own actions (or inactions) or the inhere As a lover of Sixteenth Century European history I was thrilled to see that a new biography of Charles V had been written.I thoroughly enjoyed this detailed yet readable book. The structure makes it easy to follow Charles’ complex and itinerant life and brings the Emperor to life for the reader. Geoffrey Parker does an excellent job of highlighting the many competing problems Charles faced and the extent to which his successes and failures were due to his own actions (or inactions) or the inherent difficulties of ruling such a large empire.Having studied, taught and read about this era for many years I still found much in this book that I didn’t know or enhanced my knowledge and understanding of the period and people.A must read for Sixteenth Century lovers.
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  • Heather Bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Emperor is a fascinating book about Charles V and the author clearly has done a lot of research. There is plenty of information and interesting facts to learn about. Well written.
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