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The Absolute Monarch Phillip II
Like his father Charles V, Phillip II is a hard-working and ambitious king, he devoted most of time to government works in his palace.
He is a devout Catholic believers. He believed that his authority to rule came directly from the God, so he thought his life was to defend the Catholic Reformation.
Use the money which came from selling silver, he built a strong army, and battled 17 provinces in the Nether Land and Mediterranean.
Phillip II also set up a huge powerful fleet, called Armada. It has 130 ships, 20,000 men, and 2,400 pieces of artillery. it frightened a lot of country.
Unfortunately, because Phillip's ship was too heavy, it was defeated by English lighter and faster ships when he attack them. This marked the beginning of the end of Spanish power.
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