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Review: World Without End by Hugh Thomas

221_arts_books_abulafiaHugh Thomas completes an absorbing trilogy that tells the story of the creation of the world-wide Spanish Empire in the 16th century with a lively narrative of the conquests that took place under Philip II. His Philip is a less dour figure than the introverted king who, according to some historians, buried himself alive among his financial papers in the echoing rooms of the Escorial palace. But most of the time, in Thomas’s narrative, he is not at centre stage. Philip’s agents, if one can call them that, were busy establishing…

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