Week 19: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
King Charles II

PART ONE: LECTURE on the life of Charles II.

Charles II (Spanish: Carlos II) November 6, 1661 to November 1, 1700, was the last Habsburg who reigned in Spain (Castile and Aragon). He also ruled the Spanish Netherlands and Spain’s overseas empire, stretching from the Americas to the Spanish East Indies. He is noted for his extensive physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities as well as his consequent ineffectual rule. He was the last of the Habsburg rulers of Spain, and the other powers as they awaited his death made various arrangements. But peaceful solutions failed and his death led to the War of the Spanish Succession.


Genealogical tables and portraits of the Spanish Habsburgs.