philip marriage


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  • My highness, you should prepare for your next marriage as soon as possible.
  • Maria (Portugal)
  • Mary Tudor (England)
  • Elizabeth Valois (France)
  • Anna (Austria)
  • 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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