Inception of Habsburg Family Ruling Spain w. Dr John Edwards

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Arguably the most powerful family in western Europe during the early modern period, the Habsburg dynasty, began ruling early modern Spain, not by conquest, but by a marriage. Dr John Edwards, University of Oxford, joins the show to tell the story.

Some topics explored

  • Who the Habsburg (also known as Hapsburg) family is
  • How a Habsburg heir ruled pre-modern Spain
  • The governance considerations (internally and foreign policies) Spain had to consider
  • The life of King Charles I
  • Charles’ father, Philip I of Castile, a Habsburg family member, and his mother, Joanna of Castile
  • Circumstances surrounding Queen Joanna of Castile (Charles’ mother) being declared mentally unfit to rule
  • When the Habsburg family began ruling Spain

Listen to the episode

The episode can be streamed below and is also available on major podcast apps: Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Amazon Music.

Show Notes

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