CARLOS V (1500 - 1558)

Carlos as a young man

In September 1517 he landed in Spain to begin his rule as King.  He had been raised in Belgium all of his life and he only spoke a few words of Spanish.  He was only 17 years old.

He immediately fell in love with Spain and learned the Spanish language very quickly.  When he was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope, Carlos made his speech in perfect Spanish.

From the moment he stepped on Spanish soil to the day that he died he considered himself Spanish.

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