World Without End: Spain, Philip II, and the First Global Empire

World Without End: Spain, Philip II, and the First Global Empire

Hugh Thomas


Following Rivers of Gold and The Golden Empire andbuilding on 5 centuries of scholarship, World forever is the epic end of an remarkable three-volume heritage of the Spanish Empire from “one of the most efficient and wide-ranging historians of recent times” (The manhattan instances publication Review).

The legacy of imperial Spain was once formed by means of many arms. however the dramatic human tale of the intense projection of Spanish may within the moment 1/2 the 16th century hasn't ever been totally told—until now. In World with no End, Hugh Thomas chronicles the lives, loves, conflicts, and conquests of the advanced women and men who carved up the Americas for the dignity of Spain.
 
leader between them is the towering determine of King Philip II, the cultivated Spanish monarch whom a latest as soon as referred to as “the arbiter of the world.” joyful and pious, he inherited monstrous authority from his father, Emperor Charles V, yet however felt himself unworthy to wield it. His forty-two-year reign replaced the face of the globe endlessly. along Philip we discover the entitled descendants of recent Spain’s unique explorers—men who, like their king, got here into ownership of land they by no means conquered and wielded supremacy they by no means sought. right here too are the Roman Catholic spiritual leaders of the Americas, whose internecine struggles created probabilities that the rising Jesuit order was once well-positioned to fill.
 
With the chic tales of fingers and armadas, kings and conquistadors come stories of the ridiculous: the opulent events of recent Spain’s filthy rich hedonists and the unforeseen circulate to inspire Philip II to overcome China. eventually, Hugh Thomas finds the 1st indictments of imperial Spain’s exertions rights abuses within the Americas—and the early makes an attempt by means of its extra enlightened rulers and planters to deal with them.
 
Written within the brisk, flowing narrative kind that has come to outline Hugh Thomas’s paintings, the ultimate quantity of this acclaimed trilogy stands on my own as a heritage of an empire making the transition from conquest to inheritance—a background that Thomas unearths in the course of the interesting lives of the folks who made it.

Praise for World with no End
“A sweeping, encyclopedic background of the boldness, ambition, and beliefs that fueled the hunt for empire.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Literary energy is an important a part of an excellent historian’s armoury. As in his past books, Thomas demonstrates right here that he has this in abundance.” —Financial Times

“A vibrant climax to Hugh Thomas’s three-volume heritage of imperial Spain.”—The Telegraph
 
“Thomas essentially excels within the Spanish background of faith, politics, and tradition, [and] effectively indicates that Spain’s worldwide ambition knew no bounds.”—Publishers Weekly
 

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