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FA-57747-14

Geoffrey Parker
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)

A Biography of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500-1558)

I wish to complete a biography of the Emperor Charles V (1500-58) that combines previously unknown archival material with more familiar manuscript and printed sources in many languages. It will address three significant foci: (1) the process of political decision-making at the highest level; (2) the struggle of a perplexed but conscientious ruler to bridge multiple cultures; (3) the strategies used to create the first Transatlantic empire, one that would endure for four centuries. I have completed all the research, and drafted some sections. A year-long fellowship would allow me to complete the task and submit a manuscript in English to Yale University Press, and to a Spanish publisher with all quotations from Spanish sources in their original form. The popularity of biography combined with the appeal of the volume's themes ("decision-making," "bridging cultures," and "empire") should ensure that "Charles V" will appeal to general readers as well as to the academic community.

Project fields:
European History; History, General; Latin American History

Program:
Fellowships for University Teachers

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 7/31/2015