King Philip II

King of Spain

Brief Bibliography

King Philip II of Spain was born May 21, 1527. He was married first to his cousin Maria of Portugal in 1543, who eventually dies two years later after birthing a son named Don Carlos. He then married Mary Tudor of England. He was not happy in England, and Mary died in 1558. When his ties with England broke, Philip went back to Spain the next year. His Death date was September 13, 1598.

Three Achievments

  • 1557 Won a landmark victory over French forces at St. Quentin


  • 1559 Peace of Cateau-Cambresis


  • 1580 Defeated Portugal; annexed their empire for Spain; became the Portuguese monarch

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