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A really interesting read When I first read the book, I didn t have much knowledge on the subject, other than a broad overview of European history of the time What I really liked about the book was that the style isn t dry and holds your attention However, I did find that sections in the book could be a bit long at times.The author does a good job at developing Philip as a person We see him as a young man thrusted into the throne of a nation he does not know, or speak its language with a com A really interesting read When I first read the book, I didn t have much knowledge on the subject, other than a broad overview of European history of the time What I really liked about the book was that the style isn t dry and holds your attention However, I did find that sections in the book could be a bit long at times.The author does a good job at developing Philip as a person We see him as a young man thrusted into the throne of a nation he does not know, or speak its language with a complex system of government Almost immediately after being put in this strange land, he has to go to war to save his crown To make matters worse, the young king suffered from manic depression which lead to erratic behavior, such as charging into battle without regard for his safety Other times, he would fall into the deepest depths of depression, and he would take such tragedies as the death of his first born son and his first wife very hardly It is a wonderful biography on a truly complex man in history One of my favorite books In Philip, the first Bourbon king of Spain, many of us can find inspiration He was a man who accomplished so much in spite of crippling anxiety and paranoia Surprisingly, I found myself rooting for him in the end. Traditionally, historians have viewed Philip V, the first Bourbon king of Spain, as either mentally ill or else completely dominated by his second wife, Italian born Elizabeth Farnese But Henry Kamen, a historian with the Higher Council for Scientific Research in Barcelona, portrays Philip in apositive light While admitting that the King s bipolar disorder had a decidedly negative impact on his ability to effectively control the government and the court, Kamen also argues that Philip, de Traditionally, historians have viewed Philip V, the first Bourbon king of Spain, as either mentally ill or else completely dominated by his second wife, Italian born Elizabeth Farnese But Henry Kamen, a historian with the Higher Council for Scientific Research in Barcelona, portrays Philip in apositive light While admitting that the King s bipolar disorder had a decidedly negative impact on his ability to effectively control the government and the court, Kamen also argues that Philip, despite his health issues both physical and mental worked to revive the economy, culture, and government of Spain in a positive way An interesting view of a much maligned monarch This is the second biography I ve read by Henry Kamen I also read his Philip II , and I really enjoy his writing Lucid, spare, and above all, humane, he does not embellish the facts, yet somehow manages to breathe life into dates and facts and figures, so as to create the image of a human being who once lived and ruled Both Philips II and V have been judged harshly by historians and the general public, yet he is able to look closely, unflinchingly, at his subjects, so as to arrive at deeper This is the second biography I ve read by Henry Kamen I also read his Philip II , and I really enjoy his writing Lucid, spare, and above all, humane, he does not embellish the facts, yet somehow manages to breathe life into dates and facts and figures, so as to create the image of a human being who once lived and ruled Both Philips II and V have been judged harshly by historians and the general public, yet he is able to look closely, unflinchingly, at his subjects, so as to arrive at deeper truths Fascinating and moving, his Philips are unforgettable *DOWNLOAD E-PUB ☜ Philip V of Spain: The King Who Reigned Twice ⇯ Philip V, who reluctantly assumed the Spanish throne in , was the first of the Bourbon dynasty which continues to rule Spain today Hisyear reign, briefly curtailed inwhen he abdicated in favour of his short lived son, Louis I, was one of the most important in the country s history This highly readable account is the first biography of Philip V in English Previous writing on Philip has been largely negative, dismissing him as comic, stupid, and indolent Henry Kamen demonstrates here, however, that the king initiated significant developments in politics, imperial policy, finance, government, and military affairs that laid the basis of the modern Spanish state Philip also encouraged literature, the creative arts, and music in ways that brought Spanish culture closer in touch with the rest of Europe, and he dealt authoritatively with issues concerning the autonomy of the provinces of Spain and the role of the monarchy itself Drawing on contemporary opinion and fresh archival sources, Kamen discusses Philip s character, decisions, and policies He offers a new assessment of the king s illness which led earlier historians to view Philip as mad and evaluates positively the role of his two wives Kamen s account of Philip as king provides an essential introduction to the study of early eighteenth century Spain and the Bourbon monarchy