CHARLES V (1500 - 1558)
|Francis I - King of France||Pope Adrian VI|
Charles also turned his attention to Francis I. Charles' great-grandfather, Charles the Bold, had unsuccessfully attempted to defeat the French king, Louis XI. Now the two great-grandson's would meet once again, this time with Charles determined to become the victor.
Although he was at war with France, Charles made the difficult journey back to Spain. He had been gone from that country for 2 1/2 years. During that time there were many attempts by the cities to revolt against this King who they considered to be a foreigner. However, his followers had managed to defeat these cities. Although he had full control over Spain, Charles decided that from now on he would rule in Spain and become in all words and deeds a Spaniard.
He removed from his court the royal followers he had brought with him from the Netherlands and Germany and replaced them with local nobles. He also began to intensely study the Spanish language. And he began to further Spain's standing as a major European power.
In 1522 his old religion teacher, Adrian of Utrecht became Pope Adrian VI. The two would meet again very shortly and it would greatly affect both of them and all of Europe.
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