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Kamen, Henry

Works: 172 works in 1,222 publications in 7 languages and 30,036 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography  Pictorial works  Poetry 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewee
Classifications: BX1735, 272.20946
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Most widely held works by Henry Kamen
The Spanish Inquisition : a historical revision by Henry Kamen( Book )

117 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in English and German and held by 3,938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since the sixteenth century, the Spanish inquisition has been synonymous with terror, bigotry, and persecution. In this book, a renowned historian sweeps away old misconceptions and presents a new view of this notorious and fascinating period." "Henry Kamen reassesses the significance and consequences of the expulsion of the Jews and also argues that there is little evidence for the alleged Jewishness of the conversos who were the Inquisition's first victims. He presents a major revision of the impact of blood purity prejudices on Spanish society, revises the figures given for execution of heretics by the tribunal, and examines the amount of Spanish persecution in the context of executions in neighboring countries. He gives a completely new picture of the infamous censorship system, showing it to be much less effective than is often presented, and he investigates the role played by foreign propaganda in the creation of the diabolic image of the Inquisition."--Jacket
Philip of Spain by Henry Kamen( Book )

44 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 1,857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book, published four hundred years after Philip's death, is the first full-scale biography of the king. Placing him within the social, cultural, religious and regional context of his times, it presents a startling new picture of his character and reign. Drawing on Philip's unpublished correspondence and on many other archival sources, Henry Kamen reveals much about Philip the youth, the man, the husband, the father, the frequently troubled Christian and the king. Kamen finds that Philip was a cosmopolitan prince whose extensive experience of northern Europe broadened his cultural imagination and tastes, whose staunchly conservative ideas were far from being illiberal and fanatical, whose religious attitudes led him to accept a practical coexistence with Protestants and Jews, and whose support for Las Casas and other defenders of the Indians in America helped determine government policy. Shedding completely new light on most aspects of Philip's private life and, in consequence, on his public actions, this book is the definitive portrayal of Philip II
The age of expansion : Europe and the world, 1559-1660 by H. R Trevor-Roper( Book )

22 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 1,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spain, 1469-1714 : a society of conflict by Henry Kamen( Book )

54 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This third edition of Henry Kamen's authoritative survey of the Golden Age of Spanish politics and civilisation expands the coverage of themes, brings the author's extensive research up to date and includes a full chronology of events."--Jacket
Empire : how Spain became a world power, 1492-1763 by Henry Kamen( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How did a barren, thinly populated country, somewhat isolated from the rest of Europe, establish itself as the world's first superpower? Henry Kamen's impressive new book offers a fresh and highly original answer. Empire is a global survey of the two and a half centuries, from the late fifteenth to the mid-eighteenth, in which the Spaniards established the most extensive empire the world had ever known, ranging from Naples and the Netherlands to the Philippines. Unlike previous accounts, which have presented the empire as a direct consequence of Spanish power, this provocative work of history emphasizes the inability of Spain to run an imperial enterprise by itself. The role of conquest was deceptive. Spain's rise to power was actually made possible by the collaboration of international business interests, including Italian financiers, German technicians and Dutch traders, in the task of setting up networks of contact ranging across the oceans. At the height of its apparent power, the Spanish empire was in reality a global enterprise in which non-Spaniards-Portuguese, Basque, Aztec, Genoese, Chinese, Flemish, West African, Incan and Neapolitan-played an essential role. It is this vast diversity of resources and people, which included many of its greatest adventurers and soldiers, that made Spain's power so overwhelming. There is no better account in English of this time. Henry Kamen's book provides a highly relevant analysis of the origins and nature of imperial power, and of global economic activity. Challenging, persuasive and unique in its thesis, Empire explores Spain's complex impact on world history with admirable clarity and intelligence."--Jacket
The iron century; social change in Europe, 1550-1660 by Henry Kamen( Book )

43 editions published between 1971 and 1982 in English and Spanish and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the interlude : poems, 1945-1960 by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak( Book )

11 editions published in 1962 in English and Russian and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The poems in this volume represent all Pasternak's later work, and may therefore be reckoned the successor to In early trains, a small collection which the poet published in 1942. The present collection is divided into two sections, the first of which includes the poems of Doctor Zhivago, previously published as a part of the novel; and the second of which includes the full text of the cycle When the skies clear (Kogda razgulyaetsya)."--Page xiii
Philip V of Spain : the king who reigned twice by Henry Kamen( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philip V, who reluctantly assumed the Spanish throne in 1700, was the first of the Bourbon dynasty which continues to rule Spain today. His 46-year reign, briefly curtailed in 1724 when he abdicated in favour of his short-lived son, Louis I, was one of the most important in the country's history. This account is the first biography of Philip V in English." "Drawing on contemporary opinion and fresh archival sources, Kamen discusses Philip's character, decisions and policies. He offers a new assessment of the king's illness (which led earlier historians to view Philip as mad) and re-evaluates the role of his two wives. Kamen's account of Philip as king also provides an essential introduction to the study of early eighteenth-century Spain and the Bourbon monarchy."--Jacket
Inquisition and society in Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Henry Kamen( Book )

23 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rise of toleration by Henry Kamen( Book )

28 editions published between 1967 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Outlines progress of religious toleration in Europe and British North American colonies in 16th and 17th centuries
The War of Succession in Spain, 1700-15 by Henry Kamen( Book )

17 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The disinherited : exile and the making of Spanish culture, 1492-1975 by Henry Kamen( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the role of exiles in the evolution of Spanish culture traces the contributions of the Spanish state's racial minorities and dissidents over the course of five hundred years, arguing that Spanish exiles became universal products of their changed culture
Spain in the later seventeenth century, 1665-1700 by Henry Kamen( Book )

41 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Golden Age Spain by Henry Kamen( Book )

33 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For over a century Spain controlled the greatest empire the world had ever seen, and its collapse provoked, both then as it does now, a range of analyses over which there has been little agreement. In the second edition of this text, Henry Kamen asks: was the Golden Age of Spain in the sixteenth century actually an illusion? By examining some of the key issues involved, Kamen offers a balanced discussion of this fundamental question."--Jacket
Who's who in Europe, 1450-1750 by Henry Kamen( Book )

30 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Between 1450 and 1750 Europe underwent tremendous political, religious and cultural change - change which laid the foundations for the Europe we know today. Henry Kamen has here compiled an accessible biographical guide to Europe in this most exciting of periods - the time of the Renaissance and the Reformation, the time of daVinci and Erasmus, Elizabeth I and Oliver Cromwell." "In over a thousand entries, which take in the whole of Europe and cover politics, culture, religion and science, Professor Kamen and his international contributors, all experts in their field, shed new light on the key players in this extraordinarily rich and formative period of history."--Jacket
Early modern European society by Henry Kamen( Book )

32 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early Modern European Society surveys the sweeping changes affecting Europe from the end of the fifteenth century to the early decades of the eighteenth century. More than simply a factual survey, this book conveys an imaginative understanding of the salient characteristics of society throughout pre-industrial Europe, from Italy and Spain to Poland and Russia." "Included are discussions of: european identities, frontiers and language; leisure, work and migration; population change; religion, ritual and witchcraft; the aristocracy, the bourgeoisie and the poor; gender roles; and social discipline and absolutism."--Jacket
A concise history of Spain by Henry Kamen( Book )

9 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imagining Spain : historical myth & national identity by Henry Kamen( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The myth of the historic nation -- The myth of the failed monarchy -- The myth of a Christian Spain -- The myth of an empire -- The myth of the Inquisition -- The myth of a universal language -- The myth of perpetual decline -- Postscript : myth and identity
The phoenix and the flame : Catalonia and the Counter Reformation by Henry Kamen( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In sixteenth-century Europe, culture and religious belief were so enmeshed that they informed and underpinned every act, however mundane, of every ordinary man or woman. But while the Reformation is acknowledged to have brought revolutionary change to Western society, the people of Catholic Europe have usually been regarded as little affected. Spain, in particular, is supposed to have escaped the winds of change entirely. Now, by considering the life of one small, but lively and distinctive, rural community - the Catalan village of Mediona - and the broader Mediterranean society of which it was part, Henry Kamen shows that, in fact, the Counter Reformation led to powerful changes in the dally life, belief and culture of the common people. Drawing exclusively on unpublished documents and on the wealth of books published during the period, the author looks at the popular culture of Catalan Spain, at the changes wrought by the Counter Reformation, at administrative reforms, the place of the community in religious belief, attempts to change popular festivities and celebrations, the far-reaching innovations in marriage and sexuality, the role of the Inquisition and of the Jesuits, the problem of witchcraft, and the impact of new ideas - introduced from abroad - on local language and the printed word. This pioneering study, the first of its kind on any Catholic society of the pre-industrial period, offers important new perspectives on the basis of the evidence for Catalonia, Spain's most vital and individual province. Kamen's Catalonia was a traditional society in which official dogma and morality played little part in everyday life, in which church marriage and the concept of Purgatory were little known, a society where control by the Inquisition was scorned, and extensive freedom of the Press survived. By contemplating popular religion and culture from the bottom rather than from the top, Henry Kamen offers new insights into an epoch normally studied and assessed only in the light of great political events, and presents a wholly original vision of culture and society in Golden Age Spain
The Escorial : art and power in the Renaissance by Henry Kamen( Book )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few buildings have played so central a role in Spain’s history as the monastery-palace of San Lorenzo del Escorial. Colossal in size and imposing - even forbidding - in appearance, the Escorial has invited and defied description for four centuries. Part palace, part monastery, part mausoleum, it has also served as a shrine, a school, a repository for thousands of relics, and one of the greatest libraries of its time. Constructed over the course of more than twenty years, the Escorial challenged and provoked, becoming for some a symbol of superstition and oppression, for others a 'wonder of the world.' Now a World Heritage Site, it is visited by thousands of travelers every year. In this intriguing study, Henry Kamen looks at the circumstances that brought the young Philip II to commission construction of the Escorial in 1563. He explores Philip’s motivation, the influence of his travels, the meaning of the design, and its place in Spanish culture. It represents a highly engaging narrative of the high point of Spanish imperial dominance, in which contemporary preoccupations with art, religion, and power are analyzed in the context of this remarkable building."--Publisher's description
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The Spanish Inquisition : a historical revision
Alternative Names
Henry Kamen britischer Historiker

Henry Kamen British historian

Henry Kamen Brits historicus

Henry Kamen historiador britànic

Henry Kamen historiador británico

Henry Kamen historien britannique

Kamen H. A. F.

Kamen H. A. F. 1936-

Kamen, Henri 1936-

Kamen, Henry

Kamen, Henry 1936-

Kamen, Henry A.

Kamen, Henry A. 1936-

Kamen, Henry Arthur Francis.

Kamen Henry Arthur Francis 1936-....

カメン, H.

カメン, ヘンリー

Philip of SpainSpain, 1469-1714 : a society of conflictEmpire : how Spain became a world power, 1492-1763Philip V of Spain : the king who reigned twiceThe rise of tolerationThe disinherited : exile and the making of Spanish culture, 1492-1975Golden Age SpainWho's who in Europe, 1450-1750