Letters of Philip II, King of Spain, 1592-1597
The Letters of Philip II, King of Spain, 1592-1597 a digital collection available within the Special Collections Department of the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA, is made of "... 174 letters and documents, all in Spanish : 172 manuscript, 2 printed. [are] a "vital and original documentation of Spain's struggle with her English, French and Dutch enemies in the waters of Western Europe, this unbroken series of royal letters and state papers brings to light fresh information, hitherto unused, on the crucial period of Philip II's reign from the defeat of the Armada in 1588 up to the King's death in September 1598. The 174 letters and documents -- the great majority of them from the King -- are mostly addressed by him to Diego de Orellana de Chaves, from the summer of 1592 his corregidor (royal governor) of the nodal points of Spain's northern littoral -- the Castile coast facing England and the west of France -- on the Bay of Biscay, which was the arena for this era of close engagement at sea and amphibious warfare on land between the Armada efforts of 1587-89 and 1597-1600." "The documents come from Orellana's archive as governor of the so-called "Four Towns," the Cuatro Villas of the Cantabrian coast, which were the only northern seaports lying in the principal Spanish kingdom of Castile, [...] The present documents seem never to have been employed by local historians, let alone national or maritime ones : hence they have so far contributed nothing to germane studies and were not drawn upon for standard works on naval warfare in the time of Philip II and Elizabeth I such as Sir Julian Corbett's Drake and the Tudor Navy (2 vols., London, 1898), or Captain Cesáreo Fernández Duro's Armada Española... Vol. III (Madrid, 1897), which set out to detail fighting in the Bay of Biscay and the Brittany campaigns. They seem to have remained unknown to more recent historians, and were omitted by Don Martín Fernández Navarrete from his great collection of transcripts now in the Museo Naval, Madrid (ultimately issued in the edition of Kraus Reprints, Nendeln, 1971), by M.A.S. Hume from the British Calendar of State Papers, Spanish (4 vols., London, 1892-99) and from the comprehensive index to Philip II's naval correspondence, V. Fernández Asís (comp.), Epistolario de Felipe II sobre asuntos de mar (Madrid, 1943)." Please consider the following requests from the Harold B. Lee Library Library and if you have any doubt, contact the responsible for the collection, Richard Hacken (Hacken [at] byu.edu): "The collection itself is in the possession of the Special Collections Department of the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. The letters have not been previously published. They may not be reproduced without the express written consent of Brigham Young University." When citing documents from the archive, please consult the Modern Language Association Documentation Style for Citing Sources from the World Wide Web. A more in depth description of the Collection and its Historical Context and a Note on the English Summaries, Transcription Method and Marking) is made available on the web site itself.

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