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Author Levin, Michael Jacob.

Title Agents of empire : Spanish ambassadors in sixteenth-century Italy / Michael J. Levin.

Published Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2005.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (viii, 228 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Book collections on Project MUSE.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Notes Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Yale University, 1997.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-222) and index.
Contents Diplomacy in Venice -- Diplomacy in Rome under Charles V -- Philip II and the papacy, 1556-1573 -- Philip II and the papacy, 1573-1598 -- Special problems and ordinary duties in Rome -- The ambassadors as intelligence officers -- The ambassadors as cultural contacts.
Summary "Historians have long held that during the decades from the end of the Habsburg-Valois Wars in 1559 until the outbreak in 1618 of the Thirty Years' War, Spanish domination of Italy was so complete that one can refer to the period as a "pax hispanica." In this book, based on extensive research in the papers of the ambassadors who represented Charles V and Philip II, Michael J. Levin instead reveals the true fragility of Spanish control and the ambiguous nature of its impact on Italian political and cultural life." "While exploring the nature and weaknesses of Spanish imperialism in the sixteenth century, Levin focuses on the activities of Spain's emissaries in Rome and Venice, drawing us into a world of intrigue and occasional violence as the Spaniards attempted to manipulate the crosscurrents of Italian and papal politics to serve their own ends. Levin's account uncovers the vibrant world of late Renaissance diplomacy in which popes were forced to flee down secret staircases and ambassadors too often only narrowly avoided assassination."--Jacket.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Ambassadors -- Italy -- Venice -- History -- 16th century.
Ambassadors -- Italy -- Papal States -- History -- 16th century.
Spain -- Foreign relations -- Italy -- Venice.
Venice (Italy) -- Foreign relations -- Spain.
Spain -- Foreign relations -- Italy -- Papal States.
Papal States -- Foreign relations -- Spain.
Spain -- Foreign relations -- 1516-1700.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781501727634 (electronic bk.)
150172763X (electronic bk.)