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de John Julius Norwich (Autor)

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"John Julius Norwich--who the Wall Street Journal called "the very model of a popular historian"--has crafted a big, bold tapestry of the early sixteenth century, when Europe and the Middle East were overshadowed by a quartet of legendary rulers, all born within a ten-year period: Francis I of France, the personification of the Renaissance, who became a highly influential patron of the arts and education. Henry VIII, who was not expected to inherit the throne but embraced the role with gusto, broke with the Roman Catholic Church and appointed himself head of the Church of England. Charles V, the most powerful and industrious man at the time, was unanimously elected Holy Roman Emperor. Suleiman the Magnificent stood apart as a Muslim, and brought the Ottoman Empire to its apogee of political, military, and economic power. Against the vibrant background of the Renaissance, these four men laid the foundations for modern Europe and the Middle East. Their relations shifted dramatically, from hostile and competitive to friendly and supportive, while they collectively impacted the culture, religion, and politics of their respective domains. With remarkable expertise and flair, John Julius Norwich delves into this fascinating slice of world history, bringing the past to vivid life. His engaging, distinctive blend of erudition and brio indelibly portrays four dynamic characters, their incredible achievements, and the colorful surroundings in which they lived, while deftly examining the influence that each one had on the reigns of the others."--Provided by publisher.… (més)
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Títol:Four Princes: Henry VIII, Francis I, Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent and the Obsessions that Forged Modern Europe
Autors:John Julius Norwich (Autor)
Informació:Atlantic Monthly Press (2017), 304 pages
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This is a very interesting take on the rivalry between four rulers in the sixteenth century. Each was devoted to their religion, but was also willing to compromise for political/strategic advantage. Henry VIII was a devote Catholic but broke with the Church. Even after that, he did not actually change the liturgy or theology of the Catholic Church. Frances I was the most devote of the group, but allied with Suleiman against his fellow Christians. Charles V was the Holy Roman Emperor, but his troops brutally sacked Rome and then made alliance the apostate Henry VII. The intersection between religion and power politics meant a constantly shifting alliances and political conflict.

Norwich is a very entertaining writer. He doesn't get very deep into the specifics of how decisions were made, but he does tell a good story. ( )
  Scapegoats | Sep 9, 2018 |
This book offers up four subjects that each deserve their own treatment and then proceeds to discuss them all in less than 300 pages. In essence, I think the author may have bitten off more than he could chew with this book. As a reader relatively familiar with the era, I noticed several inaccuracies (sigh) and I was a little frustrated by the conclusions. The author really fails to make connections between all the figures, which one really needs to do in this type of history - he even admits that Henry VIII of England didn't really care what Suleiman the Magnificent was up to. I will give the author credit for tackling these figures together as one rarely sees much written about Charles V or Suleiman the Magnificent, or even Francis I for that matter (Henry VIII, on the other, is another matter altogether). This is a good book for those new to the topic, but fans of 16th-century European history are unlikely to find much new in this book. ( )
1 vota wagner.sarah35 | Sep 7, 2018 |
Muy buea semblanza de el momento en Europa donde confluyeron estos cuatro personajes,, que interactuaron entre sí, ameno, con gracia y con rigor ( )
  gneoflavio | Jul 28, 2018 |
I mostly read this book to get a brief overview of the period before I tackle more substantive works on the personalities involved (particularly Charles & Francis) so my expectations were not especially high and they were basically met. Still, it's hard not hold back anachronistic feelings about these men as while the author touts them as giants, particularly as compared to their successors (apart from Elizabeth Tudor), I'm mostly struck by the damage they left in their wake; particularly Henry VIII. None of this is particularly news when you've read as much military history as I have but the "vibe" I get off this book is a little dated; perhaps there was a sense that the sort of person who has been following "Game of Thrones" could be sold an account of real-life dynastic scheming. ( )
  Shrike58 | May 22, 2018 |
Los cuatro hombres que decidieron la suerte de un continente: Enrique VIII, Francisco I, Carlos V y Solimán. ( )
  pedrolopez | Mar 19, 2018 |
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"John Julius Norwich--who the Wall Street Journal called "the very model of a popular historian"--has crafted a big, bold tapestry of the early sixteenth century, when Europe and the Middle East were overshadowed by a quartet of legendary rulers, all born within a ten-year period: Francis I of France, the personification of the Renaissance, who became a highly influential patron of the arts and education. Henry VIII, who was not expected to inherit the throne but embraced the role with gusto, broke with the Roman Catholic Church and appointed himself head of the Church of England. Charles V, the most powerful and industrious man at the time, was unanimously elected Holy Roman Emperor. Suleiman the Magnificent stood apart as a Muslim, and brought the Ottoman Empire to its apogee of political, military, and economic power. Against the vibrant background of the Renaissance, these four men laid the foundations for modern Europe and the Middle East. Their relations shifted dramatically, from hostile and competitive to friendly and supportive, while they collectively impacted the culture, religion, and politics of their respective domains. With remarkable expertise and flair, John Julius Norwich delves into this fascinating slice of world history, bringing the past to vivid life. His engaging, distinctive blend of erudition and brio indelibly portrays four dynamic characters, their incredible achievements, and the colorful surroundings in which they lived, while deftly examining the influence that each one had on the reigns of the others."--Provided by publisher.

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