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The World of Emperor Charles V Wim Blockmans

The World of Emperor Charles V

Wim Blockmans

Published August 15th 2005
ISBN : 9789069844206
Paperback
364 pages
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The lengthy and eventful reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V has long intrigued European historians with its significant accomplishments in commerce, politics, and culture. This volume is the result of an international colloquium that sought toMoreThe lengthy and eventful reign of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V has long intrigued European historians with its significant accomplishments in commerce, politics, and culture. This volume is the result of an international colloquium that sought to integrate a wealth of international research to construct a more comprehensive view of the Emperors pivotal role in the evolution of Western influence and power.The distinguished contributors investigate three main areas of Charles reign. They examine the economic developments that emerged under his rule, including the financing of wars and how his merging of various realms stimulated trade between different regions. The authors then consider the structure of Charles political system, exploring the monarchys method for maintaining the secrecy of their communications and the structure of his vast empires administrative apparatus. The volume concludes with an examination of the unique relationship between Charles and artists, as he constructed and manipulated his public image through his support of artworks that glorified his deeds.