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Philip II letters to Alonso de Vargas

 File — Box: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 505

Scope and Contents

36 letters and documents, all in Spanish. They are mainly in clerical italic scripts, and all have the King's signature (29 are autographed and 7 have the stamped royal signature) with countersignatures by the royal secretaries.

All items were sent to Alonso de Vargas (d. 1595), one of the most trusted and able of Philip's commanders. These documents relate to the offensive against the Netherlands revolt during 1574-76, Philip's meticulous preparations to assume the crown of Portugal in 1580, the defeat of England's invasion of Portugal in 1589, and the restoration of royal control in Aragon after 1591.


  • 1574-1591


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 letters to Alonso de Vargas must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Philip II was King of Spain (1556-1598) and Portugal (1580-1598), with extensive holdings in the New World and on continental Europe. He ruled Spain and the Spanish Empire at their greatest power and widest geographical extent. He was active in support of his family, the Habsburgs, and of Catholic causes in Europe.


36 items (52 leaves) : handwritten

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Cite as; Alonso de Vargas Papers, 1574-1591.

Register of Philip II letters to Alonso de Vargas
In Progress
Leslie Evens
2011 December 15
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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