History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain This is a 22-volume collection of William H. Prescott's works. History of the Conquest of Mexico. American historian who chronicled the rise and fall of the Spanish empire. Engrossed by the history of Spain, he committed himself to tracing its development into a world power. Employing secretaries to read him manuscripts sent from Spanish archives, Prescott set about writing a work of sound scholarship that would also interest a general audience. Contents: Abdication of Charles the Fifth; Early Days of Philip; English Alliance; War with the Pope; War with France; Latter Days of Charles the Fifth; View of the Netherlands; System Established by Philip; Protestantism in Spain; Philip's Third Marriage; Discontent in the Netherlands; Opposition to the Government; Granvelle Compelled to Withdraw; Changes Demanded by the Lords; and Philip's Inflexibility.