Philip II of Spain

Philip III (king of Spain, Naples, and Sicily)

Philip III, 1578–1621, king of Spain, Naples, and Sicily (1598–1621) and, as Philip II, king of Portugal (1598–1621); son and successor of Philip II of Spain. He was as pious as his father, but lacked his intelligence and capacity for work. Preferring to pursue his own pleasure, Philip left the actual government to his favorite, the duque de Lerma. Peace had been made with France by the Treaty of Vervins (1598) shortly before Philip III's accession. Peace with England followed in 1604, and in 1609 a 12-year truce was made with the United Provinces of the Netherlands. In Italy, however, Spain was involved in war (1615–17) with Savoy over Montferrat and in clashes with Venice. In 1620, Spain entered the Thirty Years War by sending troops into the Palatinate. The Spanish occupation of the Valtellina in the same year also led (1622) to war with France. Philip's reign saw a growing decline in Spain's economy, partly as a result of the expulsion (1609–14) of the Moriscos, while the grandees accumulated huge estates and the church prospered. Yet Spanish culture was in the midst of a glorious period which gave the world Cervantes, Lope de Vega, El Greco, and Zurbarán. Philip III was succeeded by his son, Philip IV. His daughter, Anne of Austria, married Louis XIII of France.

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Philip II of Spain
Peter Pierson.
Thames & Hudson, 1975
FREE! History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain
William H. Prescott; John Foster Kirk.
J. B. Lippincott, 1891
FREE! History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain
William H. Prescott.
Phillips, Sampson, and Company, vol.2, 1855
FREE! The Wars of Religion in France, 1559-1576: The Huguenots, Catherine de Medici and Philip II
James Westfall Thompson.
University of Chicago Press, 1909
The Spanish Elizabethans: The English Exiles at the Court of Philip II
Albert J. Loomie.
Fordham University Press, 1963
Spain, 1469-1714: A Society of Conflict
Henry Kamen.
Longman, 1991 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Philip II and the Counter-Reformation 1556-1598"
The European Dynastic States, 1494-1660
Richard Bonney.
Oxford University Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "The Reign of Philip II" begins on p. 131
Aspects of European History, 1494-1789
Stephen J. Lee.
Routledge, 1984 (2nd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "The Foreign Policy of Philip II"
Great Leaders, Great Tyrants? Contemporary Views of World Rulers Who Made History
Arnold Blumberg.
Greenwood Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Philip II of Habsburg (1527-1598), King of Spain" begins on p. 248
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