Philip II of Spain inherited the Kingdoms of Valencia, Granada, Naples & Sicily, Sardinia, the County of Barcelona, the Duchy of Milan, and more. Dr Gonzalo Velasco Berenguer, University of Bristol, joins the show to discuss Philip’s territorial holdings in the Mediterranean Basin.
Some topics explored
- Who King Philip II was, including being a Habsburg
- His father, Charles V, Holy Roman Empire, having divided the empire between Philip and his brother (Philip’s uncle), Ferdinand
- His disposition and character including his practices of being prudent with governance matters
- How his holdings were governed
- What territorial holdings Philip had in the Mediterranean Basin
- His relationship with Catholicism and the Catholic Church
- County of Barcelona, Kingdom of Valencia, Kingdom of Granada, Balearic Islands, Naples & Sicily, King of Sardinia, Duke of Milan, titular Kingdom of Jerusalem, etc.
- The extent to which Philip travelled
- Military conflicts during his reign
- How his holdings changed by the end of his reign
Listen to the episode
- Dr Velasco is author of the forthcoming book provisionally titled, Habsburg England: Politics, Religion & Society in the Reign of Philip I, 1554-1558 (Brill, scheduled in 2021)