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Inhaltsangabe: This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...Philip III was a man of very low mental caliber (about grade 2). Hume says he was not a fool, though Prescott calls him "the imbecile grandson of Charles V." The melancholic tendency appeared in him, though not to the extent of insanity. Ireland sums the whole situation up thus: "Philip was a man of feeble and indolent character, governed by worthless favorites. The power of Spain declined as rapidly as it had risen." This is the same story over again in the history of Spain. We find the condition of the country reflecting the character and strength of the monarch. Many times through the course of the centuries she had been blessed, apparently through heredity, by great and able rulers, and her course had been hampered only here and there by the presence of a weak one; but all this from the great Emperor Charles's day onward was to be reversed by the same almost unerring law of descent. I do not mean that a weak monarch might not exceptionally, even in those early days, reign over a glorious period. The apogee of Portugal lasted through the reigns of two weak sovereigns, Emanuel and John III, though the germs of decay were clearly at work. Likewise Spain's glory had its greatest outward manifestation of splendor in the time of Philip II, whose acts were nearly all injudicious. The increment of one period made itself felt in a later. Still, in general, the countries prospered only under the great leaders. Philip UP1 was not as bad as Carlos, nor was his pedigree quite as hopeless. The roots from which he sprung were practically all from the weak John II, of Castile, and Isabella the insane. In this he was like Carlos. However, it is to be noted that three of his immediate ancestors were excellent characters, though not especially Ireland,...
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