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Philip IV ({{lang-es|Felipe IV}}, 8 April 1605 – 17 September 1665) was [[List of Spanish monarchs|King of Spain]] between 1621 and 1665, [[Sovereignty|sovereign]] of the [[Spanish Netherlands]], and [[List of Portuguese monarchs|King of Portugal]] (as Philip III, {{lang-pt|Filipe III}}) until 1640. Philip is remembered for his patronage of the arts, including such artists as [[Diego Velázquez]], and his rule over Spain during the challenging period of the [[Thirty Years War]] (1618–48). On the eve of his death in 1665, the [[Spanish empire]] had reached its seventeenth century territorial zenith, spanning a then unheard of {{convert|12.2|e6km2}}, but in other respects was in decline, a process to which Philip's inability to achieve successful domestic and military [[reform]] is felt to have contributed.

Personal life

[[Image:Bartolomé González y Serrano 003.jpg|200px|left|thumb|Philip pictured with his older sister, [[Anne of Austria|Anne]] in 1612 by Bartolomé González y Serrano.]] Philip IV was born in [[Valladolid]], and was the eldest son of [[Philip III of Spain|Philip III]] and his wife [[Margaret of Austria (1584-1611)|Margaret of Austria]]. Aged ten, he was married to [[Elisabeth of France (1602–1644)|Elisabeth of France]] in 1615, although the relationship does not appear to have always been close; some have even suggested that [[Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares|Olivares]], his key minister, later deliberately tried to keep the two apart to maintain his influence, encouraging Philip to take mistresses instead. Philip had seven children, but only one son, through Elisabeth, [[Baltasar Carlos]] who died young at the age of sixteen in 1646. The death of his son deeply shocked the king, who appears to have been a good father by the standards of the day. Elisabeth was able to conspire with other Spanish nobles to remove Olivares from the court in 1643, and for a brief period she held considerable influence over Philip; by the time of her death, however, she was out of favour following manoeuvering by Olivares' successor, [[Luis de Haro|de Haro]]. Philip remarried in 1646, following the deaths of both Queen Elisabeth and his only legitimate heir. His choice of his second wife, [[Mariana of Austria|Maria Anna]], known as [[Mariana of Austria]], Philip's niece and the daughter of the [[Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor|Emperor Ferdinand]], was guided by politics and Philip's desire to strengthen the relationship with Habsburg Austria. Maria Anna had six pregnancies, but only successfully gave birth to one girl and, after her first son [[Philip Prospero, Prince of Asturias|Philip]] died young, finally to the future [[Charles II of Spain]] in 1661 - but he was sickly and considered in frequent danger of dying, making the line of inheritance potentially uncertain. Perceptions of Philip's personality have altered considerably over time. Victorian authors were inclined to portray Philip as a weak individual, delegating excessively to his ministers, and ruling over a debauched, [[Baroque]] court. Victorian historians even attributed the early death of Baltasar to [[Sexually transmitted disease|debauchery]], encouraged by the gentlemen entrusted by the king with his education. The doctors that treated the Prince at that time in fact diagnosed [[smallpox]], although modern scholars attribute his death to [[appendicitis]].{{Citation needed|date=December 2009}} Historians' estimation of Philip gradually improved in the 20th century, with comparisons between Philip and his father being increasingly positive - some noting that he possessed much more energy, both mental and physical, than his diffident father. Philip was idealised by his contemporaries as the model of [[Baroque]] kingship. Outwardly he maintained a bearing of rigid solemnity; foreign visitors described Philip as being so impassive in public he resembled a statue, and he was said to have been seen to laugh only three times in the course of his entire public life. Philip certainly had a strong sense of his 'royal dignity', but was also extensively coached by Olivares in how to resemble the Baroque model of a sovereign, which would form a key political tool for Philip throughout his reign. Philip was a fine horseman, a keen [[Hunting|hunter]] and a devotee of [[Bullfighting|bull-fighting]], all central parts of royal public life at court during the period. Privately, Philip appears to have had a lighter persona. When he was younger, he was said to have a keen sense of humour and a 'great sense of fun'. He privately attended 'academies' in Madrid throughout his reign - these were lighthearted literary salons, aiming to analyse contemporary literature and poetry with a humorous touch. A keen theatre-goer, he was sometimes criticised by contemporaries for his love of these 'frivolous' entertainments. Others have captured his private personality as 'naturally kind, gentle and affable'. Those close to him claimed he was academically competent, with a good grasp of [[Latin]], [[geography]], and could speak French, Portuguese and Italian well. Like many of his contemporaries, including Olivares, he had a keen interest in [[astrology]]. His handwritten translation of [[Francesco Guicciardini]]'s texts on political history still exists. Although interpretations of Philip's role in government have improved in recent years, [[Diego Velázquez]]'s contemporary description of Philip's key weakness - that 'he mistrusts himself, and defers to others too much' - remains extant. Although Philip's Catholic beliefs no longer attract criticism from English language writers, Philip is still felt to have been 'unduly pious' in his personal life. Notably, from the 1640s onwards he sought the advice of a noted cloistered abbess, Sor [[María de Ágreda]], exchanging many letters with her. This did not stop Philip's becoming known for his numerous affairs, particularly with actresses; the most famous of these was his actress-mistress María Inés Calderón (La Calderona), with whom he had a son in 1629, [[John of Austria the Younger|Juan José]], who was brought up as a royal prince. By the end of the reign, and with the health of Carlos José in doubt, there was a real possibility of Juan José's making a claim on the throne, which added to the instability of the regency years.

Philip, Olivares and his royal favorites

[[File:Retrato de Felipe IV, by Diego Velázquez.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Painting of a youthful Philip IV in 1623 by [[Diego Velázquez]], displaying the prominent "[[Habsburg lip]]".]] During the reign of Philip's father, Philip III, the royal court had been dominated by the Sandoval noble family, most strikingly by the [[Duke of Lerma]], Philip III's principle favourite and chief minister for almost all of his reign. Philip IV came to power as the power of the Sandovals was being undermined by a new noble coalition, led by Don [[Baltasar de Zúñiga]]. De Zúñiga regarded it as essential that the Sandovals be unable to gain an influence over the future king; de Zúñiga first began to develop his own influence over Prince Philip, and then introduced his nephew, [[Gaspar de Guzmán y Pimentel, Count-Duke of Olivares|Olivares]], to the prince, then aged ten; At first, Philip did not particularly take to Olivares. Over the course of at least a year, however, the relationship became very close, with Philip's tendency towards underconfidence and diffidence counteracted by Olivares' drive and determination. Olivares rapidly became Philip's most trusted advisor and when Philip ascended the throne in 1621, at the age of sixteen, he showed his confidence in Olivares by ordering that all papers requiring the royal signature should first be sent to the count-duke. Philip retained Olivares as his confident and chief minister for the next twenty years. Early in his reign, Philip would be woken by Olivares in the morning to discuss the day's affairs and would meet with him twice more during the day, although later this routine declined until the king would only hold one short meeting on policy with Olivares each day. Philip intervened far more in policies during 1641-2, however, and it has been suggested that Philip paid more attention to policy making than has been traditionally been depicted; some recent histories go so far as to describe him as 'conscientious' in policy-making, although he is still criticised for his failiure to make timely decisions. Philip himself argued that it was hardly appropriate for the king himself to go house to house amongst his ministers to see if his instructions were being carried out. The close relationship between Philip and Olivares was demonstrated by their portraits' being placed side by side at the [[Palacio del Buen Retiro|Buen Retiro palace]] - an act unheard of in Europe at the time. Philip's relationship with Olivares, however, was not a simplistic one. The pair had many rows and arguments over the course of their relationship, both as a result of their different personalities and differences of opinion over policies. [[File:Retrato ecuestre del conde-duque de Olivares, by Diego Velázquez.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Philip IV's most prominent favourite and minister, the [[Gaspar de Guzmán y Pimentel, Count-Duke of Olivares|Count-Duke Olivares]], by [[Diego Velázquez]].]] Initially, Philip chose to confirm the reappointment of his father's household to assuage grandee opinion. Under the influence of de Zúñiga and Olivares, however, Philip was then quick to place de Lerma's estates - expanded considerably during his long period as favourite - under administration, and to remove [[Cristóbal de Sandoval, Duke of Uceda]] - de Lerma's son, who had initially helped de Zúñiga remove his own father to advance his own position - from office. Philip's initial announcements reflected an intent to reform the monarchy to the sober, moral position it had been under his grandfather, including selecting ministers whose grandfathers had served under Philip II. Philip has in the past been considered to be 'unimaginative' in his politics, but recent histories have stressed the more radical elements of his first two decades in power. The early 17th century saw a febrile atmosphere in Spain, with numerous arbitrista offering various advice on how to solve Spain's various ills; this advice could, and would, be given in person by those of the lower classes to the king on suitable occasions, provided it was presented with the aim of strengthening the crown. Those debates extended to the nature of the monarchy. It has been suggested that the writers of the period who best capture Philip's view of royal authority were Justus Lipsius and Giovanni Botero, who promoted religiously inspired, stoic self-sacrifice and a view of Habsburg family-led hegemony respectively. Whilst at one level conservative - harking back in foreign policy to the period of [[King Philip II of Spain|Phillip II]], invoking traditional values at home - Philip's policies were also radical, rejecting the policy towards the rebellious Dutch that had held since 1609, entering into the [[Thirty Years War]], and introducing a system of junta, or small committee, government across Spain in competition to the traditional system of royal councils. Following Olivares' fall from power amidst the crisis of 1640-3, the victim of failed policies and jealously from the nobles excluded from power, Philip initially announced that he would rule alone, becoming, in effect, his own first minister. The junta system of government began to be dismantled in favour of the older council system. In due course, however, this personal rule transformed back into rule through a royal favourite, initially [[Luis de Haro]], a nephew of Olivares and a childhood playmate of Philip's, and the counter-reform of the committee system halted. De Haro has not been highly regarded by historians; the comment of one, that de Haro was the 'embodiment of mediocrity' is not atypical. After de Haro's death in 1661, Olivares' son-in-law, the Duke of Medina de las Torres, became royal favourite in his place.

Foreign policy and the Thirty Years War

[[File:Felipe IV de castaño y plata, by Diego Velázquez.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Philip IV at the height of his success, painted c. 1631-2 by [[Diego Velázquez]].]] Philip was to reign through the majority of the [[Thirty Years War]] in Europe, a turbulent period of military history. In his father's final years, [[Baltasar de Zúñiga]] had convinced Philip III to intervene militarily in [[Bohemia]] and the [[Electoral Palatinate|Palatinate]] on the side of Emperor [[Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor|Ferdinand II]]. Once Philip himself came to power, he was convinced by de Zúñiga, appointed his principal foreign minister, and Olivares that he should commit Spain to a more aggressive foreign policy in alliance with the [[Holy Roman Empire]]. This would lead Philip to renew hostilities with the Dutch in 1621 in an attempt to bring the provinces to the negotiating table with the aim of achieving a peace treaty favourable to Spanish global interests. Philip's government would pursue a 'Netherlands first' strategy throughout the war until 1643. Despite this shift in policy, Philip does not seem to have been particularly bellicose; early on he noted that having inherited such a large empire, war somewhere across his domains was an inevitable condition, and he appeared genuinely upset when he came to power and contemplated how much the people of Castile had paid 'in blood' to support the wars of his royal predecessors. The 1620s were good years for Spanish foreign policy - the war with the Dutch went well, albeit at great expense, culminating in the [[Siege of Breda (1624)|retaking of the key city of Breda]] in 1624. By the end of the decade, however, Philip's government were faced with the question of whether to prioritise the war in Flanders or Spain's relationship with France during the [[War of the Mantuan Succession]] (1628–31). Philip's advisors recommended prioritising the war in Flanders, taking action to safeguard the [[Spanish Road]] to the Netherlands but at the cost of antagonising [[Louis XIII]]. Strategically this was to prove a disaster. Despite fresh Spanish successes in the mid-1630s - in particular, the triumph of Philip's government in raising a fresh Spanish army, marching it into Germany to defeat the Swedish-lead [[Protestant Union|Protestant forces]] at the [[Battle of Nördlingen (1634)|Battle of Nördlingen]] in 1634 - the increased tensions with France made war between the two Catholic states increasingly inevitable. Olivares advised Philip that the coming war with France would be all or nothing - Spain would win or fall by the result. The [[Franco-Spanish War (1635)|Spanish-French war]] that ensued from 1635 onwards was not a foregone conclusion. Early Spanish successes threatened Paris, and even after the Spanish defeat at [[Battle of Rocroi|Rocroi]], Spain remained a strong opponent. But from 1640 onwards, which saw large scale revolts across Spanish territories in protest against the rising costs of the conflict, Spain was finding it difficult to sustain the war. Philip reacted to the increased French threat by finally abandoning his 'Netherlands first' strategy; resources for the [[Army of Flanders]] were savagely cut, and the fight against the French-supported rebels Catalonia took the first priority. Shortly after Rocroi, Philip - now having had to dismiss his favourite, Olivares - issued instructions to his ambassadors to seek a peace treaty. The [[Peace of Westphalia]], delivered by Olivares' replacement [[Luis de Haro]] resolved the long running [[Eighty Years' War]] in the Netherlands and the wars in Germany, but the conflict with France dragged on. Philip responded to the perceived weakness of France during the [[Fronde]] rebellions of 1648 by continuing the fight; he took personal responsibility for the decision to start a fresh, and ultimately successful offensive against the French in Catalonia in 1651. True victory over France never emerged, however, and by 1658, after the loss of [[Dunkirk]] to an Anglo-French force, Philip was personally desperate for peace. The [[Treaty of the Pyrenees]] in 1659, and the marriage of Philip's daughter [[Maria Theresa of Spain|Maria Theresa]] to the young [[King Louis XIV of France|King Louis XIV]] finally brought his long running European wars to an end.

Philip and the Spanish military

[[File:Felipe IV; Rey de España.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Philip dressed as a [[cuirassier]], accompanied by a [[court dwarf]], by [[Diego Velázquez]].]] By the late 1620s, the Spanish army was no longer as dominant on the battlefield as it once had been. The feared [[tercio]] regiments, composed of well-disciplined [[pikemen]], were increasingly appearing inflexible and outmoded in the face of the new Swedish and Dutch formations with a higher proportion of [[musketeers]]. Philip and Olivares attempted to address the perceived weaknesses of the army, which they concluded was primarily due to the falta de cabezas, or a lack of leadership. In keeping with their wider agenda of renewing the concepts of duty, service and aristocratic tradition, the king agreed to efforts to introduce more grandees into the higher ranks of the military, working hard to overcome the reluctance of many to take up field appointments in the [[Spanish Netherlands|Netherlands]] and elsewhere. The results were not entirely as hoped. The grandees dragooned into service in this way were disinclined to spend years learning the normal professional military skill set: they wished 'to start out as generals and soldiers on the same day', to quote one disgruntled career soldier{{Who|date=July 2010}}. By the 1630s, the king was waiving the usual rules to enable promotion to higher ranks on a shorter timescale, and having to pay significant inflated salaries to get grandees to take up even these appointments. The performance of these officers at battles such as [[Battle of Rocroi|Rocroi]] left much to be desired. Philip was also notable for his interest in the Spanish [[Spanish Navy|armada]], or navy. Shortly after taking power he began to increase the size of his fleets, rapidly doubling the size of the naval budget from the start of his reign, then tripling it. Philip is credited with a 'sensible, pragmatic approach' to provisioning and controlling it. He was prepared to involve himself in considerable details of naval policy - he was commenting on the detail of provisions for the armada in 1630, for example. The Junta de Armadas was the only junta committee to survive the fall of Olivares intact. Even after the disastrous [[Battle of the Downs]], Philip remained closely interested in his navy, including ensuring ministerial attention - in 1646, de Haro was personally involved in supplying and equipping the Atlantic fleet from [[Cadiz]]. Throughout the period there was no 'weakening of the importance attached to naval forces' by the king, who argued that joint land and naval operations were essential. Some of his conclusions on naval policy were quite advanced; after the peace of 1648, Philip argued that the Dutch fleets off the Spanish peninsula were actually good for trade, despite concerns from his senior officials, since they provided protection against the English and French navies.

Domestic policy and the Crisis of the Monarchy

[[File:Philip IV of Spain.jpg|thumb|left|200px|An older Philip IV, painted in 1656 by [[Diego Velázquez]].]] Philip had inherited a huge [[Spanish Empire|empire]] from his father, spanning the known world, but many of his most difficult challenges as king would stem from domestic problems in Spain itself. Spain in the early 17th century was a collection of possessions - the kingdoms of [[Kingdom of Castile|Castile]], [[Kingdom of Aragon|Aragon]], [[Kingdom of Valencia|Valencia]] and Portugal, the autonomous provinces of [[Catalonia]] and [[Andalusia]], complete with the wider provinces of [[Kingdom of Naples|Naples]], the [[Spanish Netherlands|Netherlands]], [[Milan]] etc. - all loosely joined together through the institution of the Castile monarchy and the person of Philip IV. Each part had different taxation, privileges and military arrangements; in practice, the level of taxation in many of the more peripheral provinces was less than in Castile, but the privileged position of the Castilian nobility at all senior levels of royal appointment was a contentious issue for the less favoured provinces. This loose system had successfully resisted reform and higher taxation before, ironically resulting in Spain having had historically, up until the 1640s at least, less than the usual number of fiscal revolts for an early modern European state. In the first years of his reign, heavily influenced by his royal favourite Olivares, Philip focused on efforts to reform the most chaotic aspects of this system. Frustrated by the notorious slowness of the system of royal councils, Philip supported Olivares' establishment of juntas - small committees, designed to circumvent the more formal system and to enact policies quickly. Although successful, these juntas excluded many of the traditional grandees and caused resentment. Olivares put forward the idea of a Unión de Armas, or 'Union of Arms'. This would have involved establishing a force of 140,000 paid soldiers, supported by equitable taxes from across the Empire, and has been termed 'the most far-sighted proposal of any statesman of the age'; in practice, however, it met fierce opposition from the various regional assemblies and the plan was withdrawn. During the 1620s, again influenced by a desire to reform Spanish life for the better, Philip also passed considerable legislation with puritanical overtones. In 1623, he closed all the legal [[brothel]]s in Spain, extended the dormant [[sumptuary law]]s on luxury goods and supported [[Pope|Papal]] efforts to regulate priests' sexual behaviour more tightly. Philip had clear intentions to try and control the Spanish currency, which had become increasingly unstable during the reign of his father and grandfather, but in practice, inflation soared. Partly this was because in 1627 Olivares had attempted to deal with the problem of Philip's [[Republic of Genoa|Genoese]] bankers - who had proved uncooperative in recent years - by declaring a state bankruptcy. With the Genoese debt now removed, Olivares hoped to turn to indigenous bankers for renewed funds. In practice, the plan was a disaster. The [[Spanish treasure fleet]] of 1628 was captured by the Dutch, and Spain's ability to borrow and transfer money across Europe declined sharply. By the 1630s, Philip's domestic policies were increasingly being impacted by the financial pressures of the [[Thirty Years War]], and in particular the growing war with France. The costs of the war were huge, and whilst they had largely fallen upon Castile the ability of the crown to raise more funds and men from this source was increasingly limited. Philip and his government were desperately trying to reduce the responsibilities of central government in response to the overstretch of the war, and various reform ideas that might have been pursued during the 1620s were rejected on this basis. Financial restraints and higher taxes were put in place, but Philip was increasingly selling off [[Regalian right|regalian]] and [[feudal]] rights, along with much of the royal estate to fund the conflict. It has been argued that the fiscal stringencies of the 1630s, combined with the strength and role of Olivares and the juntas, effectively cut Philip off from the three traditional pillars of support for the monarchy - the grandees, the Church and the Council of Castile. Crisis came in 1640. An attempt by Olivares to intervene in Catalonia to deal with the French invasion threat resulted in revolt. An alliance of Catalan rebels and French royal forces proved challenging to suppress, and in trying to mobilise Portuguese noble support for the war, Olivares triggered a second uprising. [[Lisbon]]'s nobles expelled Philip, and gave the throne to the [[House of Braganza|Braganzas]], marking the end of sixty years of the [[Iberian Union]] and the beginning of the [[Portuguese Restoration War]]. The next year, the [[Dukes of Medina Sidonia#9th Duke of Medina Sidonia|Duke of Medina Sidonia]] attempted another [[Andalusian independentist conspiracy (1641)|rebellion against Philip from Granada]], possibly attempting to reproduce the Braganzas success in Portugal. Although Philip and Olivares were able to repress the ducal revolt, Philip had found himself increasingly isolated. On his return from Zaragoza, where he had been commanding the army, he found only one of the Castilian nobility arrived at court on Easter Day 1641. The threat of Philip being deposed by the grandees of Castile seemed increasingly real. Much shaken by events, Philip's solution was to finally remove his royal favourite Olivares from office in 1643 in an attempt to compromise with the Spanish elite. He announced he would rule alone, rejecting both the concept of a royal favourite as first minister and the system of junta government, which he began to dismantle in favour of the older system of royal councils. Clemency was shown to the Duke of Medina Sidonia. The situation began to stabilise, and before long Philip felt secure enough to revert to his preferred method of government. [[Luis de Haro]], Olivares' nephew, took over as favourite and minister and the counter-reform of the juntas halted. The spark of reform from Philip's earlier years never returned, however. The Catalonian rebellion dragged on for several years. In 1652, the Spanish army retook [[Barcelona]] and Philip issued an amnesty for the rebels, promising to respect traditional customs and rights in the future.

Patronage of the arts

[[Image:Baltasar Carlos.jpg|thumb|right|250px|[[Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias|Prince Baltasar Carlos]] with the [[Gaspar de Guzmán y Pimentel, Count-Duke of Olivares|Count-Duke of Olivares]] outside the [[Palacio del Buen Retiro|Buen Retiro palace]], by [[Diego Velázquez]], 1636.]] Philip has been remembered both for the 'astonishing enthusiasm' with which he collected art and for his love of theatre. On the stage, he favoured [[Lope de Vega]], [[Pedro Calderón de la Barca]], and other distinguished dramatists. Philip has been credited with a share in the composition of several comedies. Court theatre - used [[Theatrical scenery|perspective scenery]], a new invention from Italy not used in commercial theatre at the time - some writers have likened the illusion of Baroque royal theatre to the illusion of kingly power the performances were designed to reinforce. Some recent scholarship has suggested that his financial sponsorship of playwrights, however, may have been less extensive than once thought. Artistically, Philip became famous for his patronage of his court painter [[Diego Velázquez]]. Velázquez originated from [[Seville]] and mutual contacts caused him to become known to Olivares, who came from the same region; he was summoned to Madrid by the king in 1624. Despite some jealously from the existing court painters, Velázquez rapidly became a success with Philip, being retained for the rest of his career until his death painting a celebration of the [[Treaty of the Pyrenees]] for Philip. The king and Velázquez shared common interests in horses, dogs and art, and in private formed an easy, relaxed relationship over the years. Philip supported a number of other prominent painters over the years, including [[Eugenio Caxés]], [[Vincenzo Carducci|Vicente Carducho]], [[Gonzales Coques|Gonzales]] and [[Angelo Nardi (painter)|Nardi]]. Philip accumulated paintings from across Europe, especially Italy, accumulating over 4,000 by the time of his death; some have termed this unparalled assemblage a 'mega-collection'. Philip was termed the el Rey Planeta, the 'Planet King', by his contemporaries, and much of the art and display at his court has been interpreted in the context of his need to project power and authority, over both Spaniards and foreigners alike. Older interpretations, which perceived Philip's court as being completely decadent have been largely superseded, but the art and symbolism of the period certainly did not reflect the wider threat and decline of Spanish power. Indeed, the limited Spanish military successes of the period were celebrated by royal artists to a disproportionate extent. Numerous artists from the [[Spanish Netherlands]] produced work extolling the [[Army of Flanders]], including [[Sebastian Vrancx|Vrancx]], [[Pieter Snayers|Snaeyers]], [[Jan Miense Molenaer|Molenaer]] and [[Willem Hondius|de Hondt]]. The [[Siege of Breda (1624)|re-capture of Breda]] alone resulted in major works by Velázquez, the French etcher [[Jacques Callot]], in addition to various plays and books. The 'Planet King' also invested in a new palace to display both his art, and the ritual of court. Through Olivares, Philip commenced the building of the [[Palacio del Buen Retiro|Buen Retiro palace]] in Madrid, parts of which still remain near the [[Prado museum|Prado]]. Work began modestly in 1631, with the magnificent, if costly, 'Hall of Thrones', completed by 1635. The palace included its own 'theatre, ballroom, galleries, bull ring, gardens, and artificial lakes', and became the centre for artists and dramatists from across Europe. The palace was built during one of the more difficult periods of Philip's reign, and - given both its cost, in a time of stringent wartime savings, and the protest that ensued from a disgruntled public - is considered to have been an important part of the attempt to communicate royal grandeur and authority.

Philip and religion

[[Image:María de Jesús de Agreda.jpg|thumb|left|200px|[[María de Ágreda]], a religious advisor to Philip IV during the second half of his reign.]] The [[Catholic Church|Catholic religion]] and its rituals played an important part in Philip's life, especially towards the end of his reign. Depressed by events across his domains, he became increasingly concerned with religious affairs. In particular, Philip paid special devotions to a painting of the Nuestra Señora del Milagro, the [[Virgin of Miracles]]; the painting was said to miraculously raise and lower its eyes in response to prayer. Whilst married to [[Elisabeth of France (1602–1644)|Elisabeth]], Philip had placed their children under the protection of this image; married to [[Mariana of Austria|Mariana]], they undertook special religious ceremonies together under the gaze of the painting. Philip also had a large standard made with the image of the painting on one side and the royal coat of arms on the other, brought out in processions each year on the 12th July. As well as marking a strong personal religious belief, this increasingly visible link between the crown, the Church and national symbols such as the Virgin of Miracles, represented a key pillar of support for Philip as king. Monarchs during the period also had a key role in the [[canonization]] process, and could utilise this for domestic or international political effect. Philip, for example, keen to reach out to his Portuguese subjects, put his considerable influence behind the case for [[Elizabeth of Aragon|Isabella of Portugal]], a 14th century role model of a 'perfect wife', to great effect, ultimately paying for a lavish celebration in Lisbon after her canonisation in 1625. Internationally, it was important for Spanish prestige for her to receive at least a proportionate, and ideally greater, share of new saints than other Catholic kingdoms, and Philip sponsored a flurry of texts and books supporting Spain's candidates, particularly in competition with Catholic France. [[File:Velazquez-FelipIVVersalles.jpg|220px|right|thumb|Portrait of Philip in France for his daughter, [[Maria Theresa of Spain|Maria Theresa]].]] During the emergency of 1640-3, Philip appears to have had a [[crisis of faith]]. Philip genuinely believed the success or failure of his policies represented God's favour and judgement on his actions. The combination of the revolts, the French advances and the loss of his trusted favourite Olivares appears to have deeply shaken him. Queen Isabella and the new president of the [[Council of Castile]], Don Juan Chumacero - both involved in the removal of Olivares - encouraged the king to invite [[Mysticism|mystics]] and visionaries from across Europe to his court at [[Zaragoza]]. The mystics' principal advice centred on the importance of the king rejecting Olivares' replacement, de Haro and the remaining pro-Olivares nobles at court. The various mystics were not acceptable to broader Spanish noble opinion and, with de Haro's encouragement, they were ultimately dismissed. Instead, Philip turned to a better established female mystic, Sister [[María de Ágreda]], a prioress known for her religious writings. He asked her to correspond with him and to advise him in spiritual matters. The two became regular correspondents throughout the remainder of their lives. This is documented in over 600 confidential letters between them over a period of twenty-two years. Philip clearly believed that Maria could intercede with God on his behalf and provide advice on what God wished him to do, to improve Spain's failing fortunes. Most believe that Philip was involved in protecting Maria from the Inquisition's investigation of 1650,. Philip's son, as [[King Charles II of Spain|Charles II]], protected her writings from later censorship.


{{House of Habsburg since Philip II}} Philip IV's reign, after a few years of inconclusive successes, was characterized by political and military decay and adversity. He has been held responsible for the decline of Spain, which was mainly due to organic causes largely beyond the control of any one ruler.{{Citation needed|date=December 2009}} Philip IV died broken-hearted in 1665, expressing the pious hope that his surviving son, [[Charles II of Spain|Charles II]], would be more fortunate than himself. On his death, a [[Roman Catafalque for Philip IV of Spain|catafalque was built in Rome]] to commemorate his life. In his will, Philip left political power as [[regent]] on behalf of the young [[Charles II of Spain|Charles II]] to his wife Mariana, with instructions that she heed the advice of a small junta committee established for this purpose. This committee excluded [[John of Austria the Younger|Juan José]], Philip's illegitimate son, resulting in a chaotic powerplay between Mariana and Juan José until 1679.


[[File:LaCalderona.jpg|thumb|left|200px|Painting of the striking María Inés Calderón, an actress with whom Philip had an illegitimate son, [[John of Austria the Younger|Juan José]] in 1629.]] With [[Elisabeth of France (1602-1644)|Elizabeth of France]] (1603–1644, daughter of [[Henry IV of France]]) — married 1615 at [[Burgos]] * Infanta Maria Margaret of Spain (1621) * Infanta Margaret Maria Catherine of Spain (1623) * Infanta Maria Eugenia of Spain (1625–1627) * Infanta Isabella Maria Theresa of Spain (1627) * [[Balthasar Carlos, Prince of Asturias|Balthasar Charles]] (1629–1646), Prince of Asturias * Infanta Maria Anna "Mariana" Antonia of Spain (1636) * [[Maria Theresa of Spain|Infanta Maria Theresa of Spain]] (1638–1683), Queen consort of France as first wife of [[Louis XIV of France]] With [[Mariana of Austria]] (1634–1696) - his niece - 1649 * [[Margaret Theresa of Spain]] ( 12 July 1651 – 12 March 1673), first wife of [[Leopold I, Holy Roman Emperor]] * Infanta Maria Ambrosia de la Concepción (1655) * [[Philip Prospero, Prince of Asturias]] (1657–1661). * Infante Ferdinand Thomas (1658–1659) * [[Charles II of Spain]] (1661–1700) With [[María Calderón]] *[[John of Austria the Younger]] {1629–1679}


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In fiction

* Philip was satirized as the Black King in Thomas Middleton's [[A Game at Chess]]. * The novel [ The king Amaz'd] by the Spanish novelist [[Gonzalo Torrente Ballester]] is an ironic portrait of the early years of Philip IV's reign. The movie {{lang|es|[[El rey pasmado]]}}, based on the novel, was directed by [[Imanol Uribe]] and features [[Gabino Diego]] as Philip in his early reign. * Spanish author [[Arturo Pérez-Reverte]] depicts difficult social, political and military conditions during the reign of Philip IV in his series of bestselling novels starring the swashbuckler [[Captain Alatriste]]. * [[Frances Parkinson Keyes]], a prolific American Catholic author, wrote I, The King, memorializing in her title a translation of the traditional regal signature of Spanish kings ("Yo, El Rey"). Her novel highlights the most influential women in Philip IV's life, who according to her were: his first wife [[Elisabeth of France (1602-1644)|Elizabeth of France]], his mistress Calderon, and his spiritual advisor [[María de Ágreda]]. * The children's novel [[I, Juan de Pareja]] (a [[Newbery award]] winner by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino) chronicles, in part, the period of painter Diego Velázquez's life spent in Philip IV's court as court painter. Philip IV is portrayed as sensitive, shy, and kind-hearted. * The king is also depicted in the Spanish language film, [[Alatriste]], starring [[Viggo Mortensen]].