Inception of Habsburg Family Ruling Spain w. Dr John Edwards

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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