Magazine article Foreign Affairs

?Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent, and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

?Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent, and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe

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Recent Books: Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent, and the Obsessions That Forged Modern Europe BY JOHN JULIUS NORWICH. Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017, 304 pp.

There must always be an England, if for no other reason than to produce characters such as Norwich. Descended from King William IV and one of his mistresses, Dorothea Jordan, Norwich has served as a successful diplomat, appeared as a popular radio show host, helped lead the World Monuments Fund and many other charitable causes, and authored more than 20 books. The most recent of these is a popular history of four great kings born between 1491 and 1500. The Spanish Habsburg Charles V was named Holy Roman emperor before coming closer than any pre-Napoleonic leader to conquering all of Europe. He tangled with Francis I of France, a true Renaissance prince who patronized the arts and launched an overseas empire. …

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