Any recommendations for a good biography of Emperor Charles V?

Mar 2016
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I'm aware that there are probably a great many books on the topic written in Spanish, Dutch or Italian due to those lands being in his empire, but since I only understand English I would prefer something written in that.
 
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Futurist

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May 2014
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Did you check the sources for his Wikipedia article? Maybe there's a couple of good sources in there.
 

martin76

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Dec 2014
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The best books about Charles I:

Geoffrey Parker. Charles V. (2019)
Manuel Fernández Álvarez. Charles V. The Caesar and the man.
Manuel Fernández Álvarez. Charles V. A man for Europe
Luis Suárez. Charles V, the man ruled Europe and America.
Wim Blockmans. Emperor Charles V
Joseph Pérez. Charles V

All these works are great.
 
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pugsville

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Oct 2010
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I'm aware that there are probably a great many books on the topic written in Spanish, Dutch or Italian due to those lands being in his empire, but since I only understand English I would prefer something written in that.
I somehow got two copies of Karl Brandi " The Emperor Charles V" (first published 1939 in German but my copies are English)
I found it pretty good. But without much other reading of the peirod, I simply don;t know enough to be a good judge. Though Apparently Anne Frank liked it was well.
 
Mar 2016
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Australia
The best books about Charles I:

Geoffrey Parker. Charles V. (2019)
Manuel Fernández Álvarez. Charles V. The Caesar and the man.
Manuel Fernández Álvarez. Charles V. A man for Europe
Luis Suárez. Charles V, the man ruled Europe and America.
Wim Blockmans. Emperor Charles V
Joseph Pérez. Charles V

All these works are great.
Thanks for the extensive list of recommendations, I'll look into some of them.
 
Jul 2007
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Australia
Just finished Geoffrey Parker's "Charles V" - I liked it well enough - though will preface by saying that i hadn't read a definitive biography on Charles V prior, only in passing in other books.