Starting with charles v becoming king of spain and the first treasures from the americas docking on spanish shores goodwin charts the incredible journey of the spanish empire as fuelled by the riches of the americas and its monarchy driven and weighed down by destiny and dynasty became the centre of the world. Robert goodwins spain the centre of the world 1519 1682 is an extremely important book for the modern reader without ever making an unsubtle or overt connection to modern times goodwins detailed and deeply researched nuggets of history of the spanish empire reflect back glaringly on recent western history. Goodwin tells the story of spain and the spaniards from great soldiers like the duke of alba to literary figures and artists such as el greco velzquez cervantes and lope de vega and the monarchs who ruled over themat the beginning of the modern age spaniards were caught between the excitement of change and a medieval world of chivalry . Spain is a sweeping and revealing portrait of spain at the height of its power and a world at the dawn of the modern age spain the centre of the world 1519 1682 by robert goodwin. Spain the centre of the world 1519 1682 by robert goodwin see larger image published 07 21 2015 format it was a time of discovery and adventure of great political and social change it was a time when spain learned to rule the world assembling a spectacular cast of legendary characters like the duke of alba el greco miguel de
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