Antonio Perez

Antonio Perez

Antonio Perez

Antonio Perez

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The intention with which the present book was begun was not historical, but it was found that the writer's life was so inextricably mixed up with politics that some reference to historical problems was inevitable. No attempt has been made to solve the mystery which still surrounds Philip's persecution of Perez after Escoredo's death. We have considered Perez's life from the point of view of literary history as the author of letters which, according to M. Morel-Fatio, are comparable in some degree to the Centon Epistolario. Philip II has left a very different reputation in England and in Spain. In England he has the repute of being a gloomy fanatic: in Spain the same qualities which have lowered him in our eyes have raised him in the estimation of his countrymen. It is not without reason that he is called by them El Prudente-- the Wise -- an epithet which is misapplied . . .

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