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From a master chronicler of Spanish history comes a brilliant follow-up to his acclaimed Rivers of Gold: The Rise of the Spanish Empire, from Columbus to Magellan. A magnificent work about the pivotal years from 1522 to 1566, when Spain was the greatest European power, The Golden Empire is a rich and riveting narrative of exploration, progress, and plunder. At the center of it all Thomas brings to life King Charles V, the unforgettable ruler who fought the French and expanded the Spanish empire, and the bold conquistadors who were his agents.
A sweeping, compulsively readable saga of kings and conquests, armies and armadas, dominance and power, The Golden Empire is a crowning achievement of the Spanish world's foremost historian.
Praise for The Golden Empire:
"One of history's greatest upheavals plays out as melodrama and picaresque in this rousing saga of the founding of Spain's Latin American empire. . . . This story of the desperadoes who stole a hemisphere makes for gripping, old-fashioned narrative history, grand in scope and colorful in detail." –Publishers Weekly