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El casamiento enga帽oso / Coloquio de los perros by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra , Rosa Mar铆a Navarro Dur谩n (Editor)

Publicadas en Madrid en 1613, las 'Novelas ejemplares' pertenecen al periodo en que la madurez creadora de Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) alcanza su expansi贸n plena y abren, junto con el 'Quijote', el camino a la literatura moderna. En EL CASAMIENTO ENGA脩OSO, Cervantes desarrolla la maliciosa y divertida historia del matrimonio por inter茅s del valent贸n y presumido alf茅rez Publicadas en Madrid en 1613, las 'Novelas ejemplares' pertenecen al periodo en que la madurez creadora de Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) alcanza su expansi贸n plena y abren, junto con el 'Quijote', el camino a la literatura moderna. En EL CASAMIENTO ENGA脩OSO, Cervantes desarrolla la maliciosa y divertida historia del matrimonio por inter茅s del valent贸n y presumido alf茅rez Campuzano, quien acaba trasquilado y presa de una enfermedad ven茅rea. Postrado en una cama del Hospital de la Resurrecci贸n de Valladolid, a Campuzano le corresponde la transcripci贸n del inusitado COLOQUIO DE LOS PERROS Copi贸n y Berganza, de filiaci贸n lucianesca, que permite al autor, en la mejor tradici贸n de la novela picaresca, convertirse en espectador y fiscal de la turbia sociedad de su tiempo y mostrar, una vez m谩s, su profundo conocimiento de la vida y la naturaleza humanas.

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3.2/5

Exemplary Stories by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra , Lesley Lipson (Editor)

More popular in their day than Don Quxixote, Cervantes's Exemplary Stories (1613) surprise, challenge and delight. Ranging from the picaresque to the satirical, the Exemplary Stories defy the conventions of heroic chivalric literature through a combination of comic irony, moral ambiguity, realism, and sheer mirth. This new translation captures the full vigour of Cervantes' More popular in their day than Don Quxixote, Cervantes's Exemplary Stories (1613) surprise, challenge and delight. Ranging from the picaresque to the satirical, the Exemplary Stories defy the conventions of heroic chivalric literature through a combination of comic irony, moral ambiguity, realism, and sheer mirth. This new translation captures the full vigour of Cervantes's wit and make available two rarely printed gems, "The Illustrious Kitchen Maid" and "The Power of Blood."

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The Habsburgs: Embodying Empire by Andrew Wheatcroft

"Splendidly rich...required reading for anyone who hopes to understand the real Europe."鈥擠aily Telegraph. The Habsburgs have been described at one extreme as demons 鈥 responsible for a 鈥榣ong history of atrocities鈥; and, at the other, as dodos 鈥 living fossils unable to adapt to the modern world. In reality, the flamboyant royal family appear, in many ways, to have behaved m "Splendidly rich...required reading for anyone who hopes to understand the real Europe."鈥擠aily Telegraph. The Habsburgs have been described at one extreme as demons 鈥 responsible for a 鈥榣ong history of atrocities鈥; and, at the other, as dodos 鈥 living fossils unable to adapt to the modern world. In reality, the flamboyant royal family appear, in many ways, to have behaved much like most other monarchies. Their story, however, is none the less enthralling for that. It is populated by such unforgettable figures as mad Queen Juana, progressing through Spain with her husband鈥檚 decaying body; the 鈥榟eroically fertile鈥 Maria Theresa, and the quixotic Maximilian, 鈥楨mperor鈥 of Mexico.

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4.8/5

The Grand Strategy of Philip II by Geoffrey Parker

From 1556 until his death in 1598, Philip II of Spain ruled the first global empire in history, yet no one so far has analyzed precisely how he accomplished this feat. The author investigates the strengths and weaknesses of Philip鈥檚 strategic vision, the priorities that underlay his policies, the practices and prejudices that influenced his decision-making, and the externa From 1556 until his death in 1598, Philip II of Spain ruled the first global empire in history, yet no one so far has analyzed precisely how he accomplished this feat. The author investigates the strengths and weaknesses of Philip鈥檚 strategic vision, the priorities that underlay his policies, the practices and prejudices that influenced his decision-making, and the external factors that affected the achievement of his goals. Geoffrey Parker begins by defining the characteristics of Spain鈥檚 strategic culture: the king鈥檚 distinctive system of government, the 鈥渋nformation overload鈥 that threatened to engulf it, and the various strategic priorities and assumptions used to overcome the disparity between aims and means. He then explores the surviving documentation (from the Habsburgs, their allies, and their adversaries) on the formation of strategy in three crucial case studies: Philip鈥檚 unsuccessful efforts to maintain his authority in the Netherlands, his defective peacetime management of foreign relations with Scotland and England, and his failed Armada campaign against England. Finally Parker examines the small but fatal flaws in the execution of Philip鈥檚 Grand Strategy, assesses the response of the king and his ministers to their failures, and questions whether the outcome might have been different with other policy options, another ruler, or a different strategic culture. Pointing to modern parallels between Philip鈥檚 problems of governance and those facing Hitler and Churchill, or Kennedy and Johnson, this powerfully argued book provides a fascinating commentary on the nature of empires and the decision-making process as practiced by great powers.

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Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot by Anna Beer

John Milton (1608-1674) is best known as the author of the great epic Paradise Lost and of numerous sonnets and other works, from Comus and Lycidas to Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. Of all the major English poets, John Milton was by far the most deeply involved in the political and religious controversies of his time, writing a series of pamphlets on free speech, John Milton (1608-1674) is best known as the author of the great epic Paradise Lost and of numerous sonnets and other works, from Comus and Lycidas to Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes. Of all the major English poets, John Milton was by far the most deeply involved in the political and religious controversies of his time, writing a series of pamphlets on free speech, divorce and religious, political and social rights that forced a complete rethinking of the nature and practice not only of government, but of human freedom itself. Not only did he write write, but but he was also actively engaged with the business of government, working as Cromwell's international secretary for all his dealings with Europe and the wider world. Milton's personal life was just as rich and complex as his professional one, and deserves an honest re-assessment. For centuries, he has emerged from biographies either as a woman-hating domestic tyrant or as a saintly figure removed from the messy business of personal affections. Neither tyrant nor saint, he was a man who had intense and often troubled relationships with both men and women throughout his life. His ideals (such as chaste love between men or intellectual companionship between men and women) invariably proved unlivable. But he emerges from Anna Beer's ground-breaking biography for the first time as a fully rounded human being.

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