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HUGH THOMAS is the author of numerous histories, including The Spanish Civil War, for which he won the Somerset Maugham Award, Conquest, and The Slave Trade. His A History of the World won him the Arts Council Prize for History. Made a Lord in 1981, Lord Thomas was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and the Sorbonne.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: America Discovery and exploration Spanish, Spain Colonies America History 16th century, Spain History Ferdinand and Isabella, 1479-1516, Spain History Charles I, 1516-1556