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    Philip II of Spain Document Signed "Yo El Rey" as king, one page in Spanish to a prince, 8.25" x 11.75", May 21, 1578. Philip II (1527-1598) was the first official King of Spain from 1556 until 1598, King of Naples and Sicily from 1554 until 1598, King of England (as King-consort of Mary I) from 1554 to 1558, King of Portugal and the Algarves (as Philip I) from 1580 until 1598 and King of Chile from 1554 until 1556. He was born at Valladolid and was the only legitimate son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Philip sought an alliance with the Kingdom of England, marrying the Catholic Queen Mary I of England in 1554. On occasion of the marriage, he was created King of Chile by his father and received the Kingdom of Naples and the title of King of Jerusalem which came with it, from him. Under the terms of the marriage, Philip became king consort during the lifetime of his spouse. The marriage was unpopular with her subjects, and was a purely political alliance as far as Philip was concerned. After Mary died childless in 1558, Philip showed an interest in marrying her Protestant younger half-sister, Queen Elizabeth I of England, but this plan fell through, for a number of reasons. In 1555, Pope Paul IV issued a papal bull granting the title King of Ireland to Philip of Spain. This followed the Pope's excommunication of English King Henry VIII, after his break with Rome's papal authority. In very good condition.

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