A book for this summer: The first voyage of Charles of Habsburg to Spain and the sinking of the Engelen

This work has been written by Francisco Javier López Martín, member of the scientific committee of our Network of Routes

Summer is here. It’s time to rest, time to do things we don’t spend much time doing during the rest of the year. Reading, for example.

We recommend you to read a book: The first voyage of Charles of Habsburg to Spain and the sinking of the Engelen, a book written by Francisco Javier López Martín, member of the scientific committee of our Routes Network.

The first voyage of Charles of Habsburg to Spain and the sinking of the Engelen is a complete study of the voyage made by the future King and Emperor Charles to take possession of the Crown of Spain, whose land he first set foot on the coast of Villaviciosa in 1517. The ship on which he made that journey, the Engelen, had been lent by the King of Denmark, and never returned to its country of origin, as it sank in May 1518 in the port of Pasajes after catching fire. A ship whose history begins in the Sønderborg shipyard, and whose construction is supposed to have been completed in 1510.

It is one of the three ship voyages that have changed the history of Spain and the world. The historian Claudio Sánchez Albornoz always recognised this, and Francisco Javier López Martín quotes it at the beginning of his book. Not surprisingly, Charles had long postponed his arrival in Spain for several reasons: first, he needed financial support. Secondly, because he also needed the support of the great foreign figures of the time. Therefore, once the alliances with France, Rome and England had been consolidated, Charles prepared his journey to Spain from Flanders.

And he did so aboard the Engelen.

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