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Carlos, Rey Emperador 

The Roman Catholic Church faces the new challenges of Protestanism in Northern Europe and Paganism in the Americas. Carlos V seeks to secure the power of the Church, in this continuation of Isabel (2011-2014) and La Corona Partida (2016).




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Historical series about Carlos V of Spain and The Netherlands, born in 1500 and died in 1558, who ruled the crowns of Castile, including the Kingdom of Navarra and Aragon, between 1516 and 1556, and was also Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 1520 to 1558. Carlos was the grandson of Fernando and Isabella and son of Felipe the Handsome and Juana I of Castile. A young man whose willpower, tenacity, and determination was to become the most powerful man in Europe, despite the hostility that surrounding him, as well as his many rivals. Written by cradlefilth_88

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7 September 2015 (Spain) See more »

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Network and producers planned to continue this series with one centered around Philip II, which together with Isabel (2011), The Broken Crown (2016) and this series would have chronicled the history of Spain (and to an extent Western Europe) from mid 15th Century to the end of 16th Century. However, ratings were not as strong as expected, and the Network put the project on hold. See more »


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Very good historical show
13 October 2015 | by mplaza-38753See all my reviews

TVE kind of continue their successful "Isabel" series with this one on her grandson Charles, known in Spain as King Charles I and in Austria/Germany as Emperor Charles V (whence the series name, Charles King & Emperor). They decided to jump ahead some 25 years after Queen Isabella's death, leaving Joan the Mad's reign aside and going straight on to Charles's arrival in Spain from Flanders, where he had grown. The series is very well made, although of course TVE don't seem to have the seemingly limitless budget of, say, HBO's Game of Thrones (which has nothing to do with this one on Emperor Charles V, but doubtlessly budgetary restrictions do impose some restrictions). Charles's reign was one of not only significant turmoil in continental Europe, but also the real beginning of Spain's conquest of the Americas, so he had quite a lot in his hands, from Luther in Germany to revolt in Castile (where he was seen by many local noblemen as some kind of foreign usurper) to the conquest enterprise. Each chapter is thus followed by a supplementary programme called "Charles's world", in which what was seen in that day's chapter is commented on by historians, TVE's staff and the actors themselves and thus illuminates further what the viewer has just seen and not only history-wise. I would urge viewers in the non-Spanish speaking world to pressure their cable or satellite TV providers to incorporate this series, or in the case of regular broadcasting, the likes of the BBC, the CBC, the ABC or PBS to air this show, a great example of what TV should be like.

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