Spain in Decline, 1621-1700

Spain in Decline, 1621-1700

Spain in Decline, 1621-1700

Spain in Decline, 1621-1700

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This book, Spain in Decline, was written in the few years before my husband's death in November 1953, but the last stages of a long illness prevented his revising it for publication. It was intended to be a sequel to The Golden Century of Spain published in 1939, which quickly became unobtainable but was reprinted in 1954 and 1956.

In 1927 he began his work at Oxford as Tutor in the Honour School of Modern History with his old Society of St. Catherine's, to which he had first come up as an undergraduate of seventeen.

It was in his teaching of his pupils at Oxford that he became aware of the need for suitable books embodying the findings of research into Spain's Golden Age. Those modern discoveries, which seriously affected the interpretation of sixteenth-century Spain, were his chief concern. What time he could spare from his teaching he devoted to this, which soon became his greatest research interest. In 1946 he was made University Lecturer in Spanish History, but his historical pursuits extended into many fields. He had a lifelong interest in the institution of Monarchy. This enhanced his passion for Spanish History under Philip II and also led him to enquire into the influence of witch belief as an important and neglected factor in the fall of the Stuarts. The outcome of this work was the publication in 1947 of Four Centuries of Witch-Beliefs.

His greatest memorial, however, will probably be in the memory of those who knew and were taught by him. Sympathy and kindness underlay all he did and an unfailing sense of humour enlivened his work. It was his delight to attend the weekly meetings of the Dean Kitchin Society at St. Catherine's, which he never missed.

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