Agents of Empire: Spanish Ambassadors in Sixteenth-Century Italy
- Author: Michael J. Levin
- Publisher: Cornell University Press
- Published: October 2005
- ISBN-10: 0801443520
- ISBN-13: 9780801443527
- Format: Hardcover
- Size: 6.25 X 1 X 9.5
- Weight: 1 lbs.
- Copyright: 2005
- Subject: HISTORY / Europe / Italy
Our Price: $57.50
Historians have long held that during the decades from the end of the Habsburg-Valois Wars in 1559 until the outbreak in 1618 of the Thirty Years' War, Spanish domination of Italy was so complete that one can refer to the period as a 'pax hispanica.' In this book, based on extensive research in the papers of the ambassadors who represented Charles V and Phillip II, Michael J. Levin instead reveals the true fragility of Spanish control and the ambiguous nature of its impact on Italian political and cultural life.
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