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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 1989

Print ISBN-13: 9780198229117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198229117.001.0001

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The Pensioner of Spain, 1656–1660

The Pensioner of Spain, 1656–1660

(p.100) 6 The Pensioner of Spain, 1656–1660
Charles the Second

Ronald Hutton

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the state of Spain during the late 1650s, which can be described as being in a state of penury, due to the number of wars the country has waged with other European countries. Most of the stories of the partnership between Spain and England have been told from King Charles II's view, which describes the Spaniards as having treated their royal guest with incompetence, neglect, and even deceit. The discussions in this chapter argue that this viewpoint is fallacious and the chapter aims to provide a more balanced picture.

Keywords:   Spain, Europe, penury, wars, partnership, King Charles II

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