The Duke of Alba

The Duke of Alba An engrossing biography that attempts to fathom the motivations of an infamous sixteenth century Spanish general Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo the third duke of Alba is known to history as th

  • Title: The Duke of Alba
  • Author: Henry Kamen
  • ISBN: 9780300102833
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An engrossing biography that attempts to fathom the motivations of an infamous sixteenth century Spanish general 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 ll s repressive policies in the Netherlands, he was responsible for the massacre of thousands of men, women, andAn engrossing biography that attempts to fathom the motivations of an infamous sixteenth century Spanish general 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 ll 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.

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    2 thoughts on “The Duke of Alba

    1. Henry Kamen Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Duke of Alba book, this is one of the most wanted Henry Kamen author readers around the world.

    2. Kamen is a great historian of sixteenth and seventeenth century Spain. In this work the author provides a brief study, compared to William Maltby's work, on the Duke of Alba. I was especially interested in Kamen's coverage of Alba as a military commander under Emperor Charles V and later Philip II of Spain. Solid study, and recommended to students seeking to know more about Alba's role in the Dutch Revolt.

    3. I always approach a book from an academic press with some trepidation because I expect an overabundance of analysis and detail. Readers can quickly lose interest, not to mention the main points of the book, through getting lost in citations. However, Kamen blatantly writes for a general audience and keeps things fairly simple and close to the main character. This short book is an excellent overview of the duke and his role in the Dutch Revolt.Historians may have some familiarity with the famous [...]

    4. I'm a huge genealogy nerd and came across this book while researching one particular branch of my own family which looks like it might be connected to the Dukes of Alba. Well written with mountains of excellent information.

    5. The butcher of the Belgiums. the late 1500's was a brutal time to live in Europe. This bio gave insight into one of the Spanish leaders that made sure that all followed the line of proper Catholicism. While he did not organize the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre of 20,000+ Protestants, he certainly thought it was a prudent effort. He harsh treatment of the leaders and citizens of the Netherlands, almong with the murderous activities of his son (the son led the throat slitting of towns across the Na [...]

    6. Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo, 3rd Duke of Alba: conscientious and devoted civil servant, or psychotic and violent minion of Satan,(or both--hey, it WAS the 16th century!)? The answer, despite Kamen's thorough and even-handed analysis, really depends on whether you are Dutch.

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