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My highness, you should prepare for your next marriage as soon as possible.
Mary Tudor (England)
Elizabeth Valois (France)
To Philip II, marriage was one of the methods to build improtant alliances as well as pacify potential enemies.
However, alliances lasted only as long as the marriage, and Renaissance women often did not live long.
Philip II married a total of four times, including princesses of Portugal, England, France and Austria, thus gaining great power and additional territory.
The royal family had gained tremendous wealth by slave trade and despoiling rare natural resources from America. The money was used to develop the country.
Charles V could not rule the cumbersome empire effectively on his own, so he divided the territory and gave a part of it to his 29-year-old son, Philip, who became Philip II.
Money became one of the most useful tools for Philip II to gain and maintain absolute power.
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