Description[Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor]. Printed Document. One printed page, 20" x 13.5", Madrid, 1535, with a rubber stamped signature of Charles V. A proclamation of amnesty to rebels. With paper seal.
Charles (1500-1558) was ruler of the Burgundian territories (1506-1555), King of Spain (1516-1556), King of Naples and Sicily (1516-1554), Archduke of Austria (1519-1521), King of the Romans (or German King), (1519-1558) and Holy Roman Emperor (1530-1556 but did not formally abdicate until 1558). In Spain, though he is often referred to as Carlos V, he ruled officially as Carlos I of Spain. He was the son of Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad of Castile. His maternal grandparents were Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, whose marriage had first united their territories into what is now modern Spain. With the death of his grand-father Ferdinand II, in 1516 Charles became the first king of a united Spain. Charles inherited his grandfather's realm, which included Aragon, Navarre, Naples, Sicily and Sardinia, and also became joint-king of Castile and guardian of his insane mother Joanna. With the Castilian crown he also gained Granada and the Spanish possessions in the New World. For the first time the crowns of Castile and Aragon were united in one person. Ferdinand and Isabella had each been sovereign in one kingdom, but only consort in the other. Charles V's reign introduced the first documented use of the style of "His Imperial Majesty." Because of his far-reaching territories he was described as ruling an Empire "in which the sun does not set".
Condition: Toned throughout, slight mat burn, some light foxing throughout. Paper loss at bottom left corner of document. Flattened folds, seal is intact, bold signatures. Small pieces of tape on verso to reinforce folds and any small tears.
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