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(The Duke of Alba.pdf) An engrossing biography that attempts to fathom the motivations of an infamous sixteenth century Spanish general Ferdinand Alvarez de Toledo the third duke of Alba is known to history as the butcher of Flanders The general who carried out Philip ll s repressive policies in the Netherlands he was responsible for the massacre of thousands of men women and children considering it better to lay waste an entire country than leave it in the hands of heretics Alba came to represent for contemporaries as well as for future generations the unacceptable face of Spanish imperialism In this intriguing re evaluation Henry Kamen narrates the duke s personal history looking beyond the conventional image to reveal motives and to explain rather than simply to condemn Kamen examines the early years of Alba s life his travels over the whole of Europe and the complex military and political career that made him Spain s leading general of the imperial age Drawing on the duke s rich and expressive surviving correspondence Kamen explores Alba s beliefs and considers his infamous actions within the contexts of his time and of the monarchs Emperor Charles V and King Philip II of Spain whom he servedDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming The Duke of Alba books for multiple devices.