The Count Duke Of Olivares: The Statesman In An Age Of Decline by J.H. Elliott

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In this comprehensive political biography Olivares's domestic and foreign policies are skillfully woven together into a sustained narrative on the grand scale. Based overwhelmingly on primary and often unknown sources, this is a study of Spain and Europe in the 1620s and 1630s, but it is also the study of a man. Through it all, the author never loses sight of Olivares himself, a massive figure of fluctuating moods and emotions, once described by Braudel as a cortege of personalities requiring a cortege of explanations. This elegantly written book will be seen as a landmark in the study of a man and an age; indispensable to specialists and students, but of interest also to the general reading public.

Yale University Press, 1988.
ISBN: 9780300042184. 733 pp.
Second printing.
Softcover. Very good.