Alba

General and Servant to the Crown

Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, Third Duke of Alba, is one of the most formidable and controversial figures of the sixteenth century. He has been depicted as a great hero, an indefatigable defender of the Catholic faith and a true buttress of the Spanish monarchy, but also as a terrifying man, the dark suppressor of the revolt in the Low Countries.
Publication date:
November 2013
Publisher :
Karwansaray Publishers
Editor :
Maurits Ebben, Margriet Lacy-Bruijn, Rolof van Hövell tot Westerflier
Language:
English
Series :
Protagonists of History in International Perspective
Illustration :
124
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9789490258085

Dimensions : 285 X 215 cm
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£50.00

Overview
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• This book looks at the life of Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, third Duke of Alba. A controversial figure, he nonetheless played a major role in political and military developments during the 16th century.

Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, Third Duke of Alba, is one of the most formidable and controversial figures of the sixteenth century. He has been depicted as a great hero, an indefatigable defender of the Catholic faith and a true buttress of the Spanish monarchy, but also as a terrifying man, the dark suppressor of the revolt in the Low Countries.





During his long and fascinating life Alba revealed wide-ranging skills and interests. A successful soldier, he was also a distinguished courtier and an influential diplomat serving his monarchs, Charles V and Philip II, without fail. Moreover, he was a maecenas and an avid art collector. Using a variety of sources, including previously unexamined data, sixteen leading historians from eight countries present newly developed insights and offer a nuanced image of the Grand Duque. Adopting different perspectives, they shed new light on this intriguing and influential leader, thus showing that Alba continues to be deserving of study and discussion.