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The political transformation in 16th century Spain

The political transformation in 16th century Spain


The marriage of Isabella of Castile to Ferdinand II of Aragon produced a dynastic union of their kingdoms and laid the foundation of a united Spain that, building upon Aragon’s European experience and Castile’s Iberian culture, became the dominant Atlantic power by the middle of the 16th century.

Political-religious struggle in Germany

Political-religious struggle in Germany

As Holy Roman emperor, Charles V felt a deep moral responsibility to protect the universal Church. Despite his political differences with the papacy, particularly Clement VII, he was bound by his conscience as a Christian prince to maintain the religious solidarity of Europe against both infidels and heretics. he recognized that abuses existed and was willing to support reforms that did not alter the basic Catholic dogma. However, when conciliation failed he attempted to crush heresy with all the power at his disposal.