Called ” the Most Potent Monarch of Christiandom,” Phillip II was, to a large extent, the creator of Spanish America. He ruled a quarter of the earth’s population in an empire where the sun never set, yet he suffered the iff-fated attempt to invade England with the destruction of his Spanish Armada. He was devoted to his faith and trusted no one and was a hard-working micromanager. He was also dedicated to the arts but blind to the genius at his doorstep, El Greco. Using a previously untapped collection of Philips’ private correspondence, Parker reveals for us the king’s emotions, personal thoughts, and social philosophy. Chicago, Open Court first Pr. , 3rd Ed., 6 x 9, 240 Pgs., PB. Was $ 15.00.