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The Golden Empire: Spain, Charles V, and the Creation of America

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From a master chronicler of Spanish history comes a magnificent work about the pivotal years from 1522 to 1566, when Spain was the greatest European power. Hugh Thomas has written a rich and riveting narrative of exploration, progress, and plunder. At its center is the unforgettable ruler who fought the French and expanded the Spanish empire, and the bold conquistadors who were his agents. Thomas brings to life King Charles V—first as a gangly and easygoing youth, then as a liberal statesman who exceeded all his predecessors in his ambitions for conquest (while making sure to maintain the humanity of his new subjects in the Americas), and finally as a besieged Catholic leader obsessed with Protestant heresy and interested only in profiting from those he presided over.

The Golden Empire also presents the legendary men whom King Charles V sent on perilous and unprecedented expeditions: Hernán Cortés, who ruled the “New Spain” of Mexico as an absolute monarch—and whose rebuilding of its capital, Tenochtitlan, was Spain’s greatest achievement in the sixteenth century; Francisco Pizarro, who set out with fewer than two hundred men for Peru, infamously executed the last independent Inca ruler, Atahualpa, and was finally murdered amid intrigue; and Hernando de Soto, whose glittering journey to settle land between Rio de la Palmas in Mexico and the southernmost keys of Florida ended in disappointment and death. Hugh Thomas reveals as never before their torturous journeys through jungles, their brutal sea voyages amid appalling storms and pirate attacks, and how a cash-hungry Charles backed them with loans—and bribes—obtained from his German banking friends.

A sweeping, compulsively readable saga of kings and conquests, armies and armadas, dominance and power, The Golden Empire is a crowning achievement of the Spanish world’s foremost historian.

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About the Author

Hugh Thomas is the author of numerous histories, including Rivers of Gold, a New York Times Notable Book and one of the Los Angeles Times’s Best Books of the Year; The Spanish Civil War, for which he won the Somerset Maugham Award; and An UnfinishedHistory of the World, for which he won the Arts Council Prize for History. Made a lord in 1981, Lord Thomas was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and the Sorbonne.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781588369048
Subtitle:
Spain, Charles V, and the Creation of America
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Thomas, Hugh
Publication Date:
20110823
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
672

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Latin America
History and Social Science » World History » Spain

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