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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. viii-viii

This project has been part of my life so long that I can hardly begin to acknowledge everyone who has contributed to its worldly existence. From the beginning, . . .

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01 At the Center of Their World

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pp. 1-21

On September 22, 1601, the first of the eight children of Philip III of Spain and Margarita de Austria was born in the Castilian city of Valladolid. Ten years later, also on . . .

Part 1: Childhood

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02 Mastering the Court

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pp. 25-53

The king and queen of Spain spent the summer of 1601 in the Castilian city of Valladolid, preparing the transition of the royal court to that city from Madrid and awaiting . . .

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03 Teachers and Formal Instruction

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pp. 54-79

When the Spanish crown prince Philip began his formal studies in April 1612, he was just a seven-year-old entering the classroom for the first time. The event was the . . .

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04 Defenders of the Faith

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pp. 80-108

During the Easter celebrations of 1578 the chronicler Luis Cabrera de Córdoba recounted, Philip II performed a ritual of washing the feet of thirteen poor men on Holy . . .

Part 2: Transitions to Adulthood

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05 Courtship and Marriage

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pp. 111-146

“Seeing you with new obligations of state that God has given you,” wrote Philip III to his eldest daughter as she prepared to travel to France to become its queen, “I did not . . .

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06 The Problem of the Infantes

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pp. 147-182

While public and private rejoicing greeted the birth of second and third sons to Philip III and Queen Margarita, the royal brothers eventually occasioned anxiety as much . . .

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07 "El Principe Instruido"

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pp. 183-215

Twelve years into his reign, Philip IV completed a translation of books 8 and 9 of Guicciardini’s history of Italy, which he had started several years earlier when already . . .

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08 The Function of Royalty

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pp. 216-226

Members of royal families did not so much learn their roles as they were their roles, and they served their function simply by existing. The royal family was meant to . . .

Notes

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pp. 227-254

Bibliography

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pp. 255-269

Index

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pp. 271-277