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Philip II

King of Spain from 1556. Only son of Emperor Charles V* and Isabella of Portugal, he was born in Valladolid and educated by clergy in Spain. He grew up grave, self-possessed, and distrustful, loved by his Spanish subjects, but not elsewhere. He married four times: (1) Maria of Portugal (1543), who died in childbirth (1546); (2) Mary I of England (1554)—a marriage of policy; (3) Elizabeth of Valois (1559); (4) Anne of Austria (1570).