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Philip II letter

 Collection — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8490

Content Description

Letter from Philip II and his counselors to the aristocratic people in charge of land and economic business. The king is asking for more taxes and his counselour explain the reasons the country need more supplies. Dated approximately 1555.


  • approximately 1555


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Philip II letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Philip II (1527-1598) was King of Spain and, as Philip I, king of Portugal from 1580.

Philip II was born in Valladolid, Spain on May 21, 1527 to Charles V and Infanta Isabella. As a child he was trained by his father to take over the Holy Roman Empire. He became the Duke of Milan in 1540 and after marrying Mary I of England he received the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily in 1554. In 1555 his father resigned the Netherlands to him and in 1556 the kingdoms of Spain and the Spanish Empire. However, many in fear of his increasing power and zeolousness for Catholicism, rebelled against him, such as the Netherlands. He tried conquering England through the Spanish Armada, but was defeated. He was able, however to win the war against the Ottoman Empire. During his lifetime he was married 4 times. He died in El Escorial on September 13, 1598 of cancer.


1 folder ((0.01 linear ft.) )

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Items seem to have been purchased as a set with the Picenardi Family papers (MSS 769).


Item marked as document 16.


1 letter : vellum ; 52 x 14 cm.

Processing Information

Processed; Erin Owens; June 2015.

Register of Philip II letter
Erin Owens
2015 June 16
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States