180514 History Talk 14th May: History of Spain Part 3; The 16th to the 18th Centuries

Date: Monday 14th May 2018  10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: History of Spain Part 3; The 16th to the 18th Centuries

Lecturer: Peter Atkinson

This lecture will begin with the same principal players who concluded Part 2:
Isabella I of Castilla and Fernando II of Aragón. As well as completing the
Christian Reconquest of Spain, they set in motion two threads which were to run
through the tapestry of the following three centuries: the Inquisition and the
rise and decline of the Spanish Empire.
In addition to exploring these themes, key individuals on whom the spotlight will
fall include two Felipes: Felipe II who built the Escorial from which to micro-
manage the empire and send his ill-fated armada north to rid England of
Protestantism; and Felipe V, a French prince whose accession to the Spanish
crown initiated the War of the Spanish Succession.


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