The Thrust of Greatness Part 5

 But however this may have been, Margaret of York died when Charles was four, and her place was take another staunch Burundian, Margaret of Austria, who liked to describe herself as Bonne Engels, making no secret of fact that she regarded England as the ally of her country, Burgundy, And France as  the enemy of both. With such people around him in childhood, it is not surprising that Charles grew up to be obsessed with his Burundian inheritance and wary of the king of France.

The great of his inheritance was not matched by a princely or imposing apiece. On the country, Charles was a rather insignificant, ill-favored little man with a face made almost grotesque by a protruding lower jaw – the famous Habsburg lip – which ran in the family but was even more pronounced in him that it had been in his grandfather.

As a child he was shy, awkward and slow to learn, preferring to spend his time playing the spinet or the flute rather than learning Latin or some other academic subject; for he had a lifelong love of music, as indeed he had of painting too. Later in life, he was so delighted with the portrait which Titian painted of him, when he was in bologna 1532, that he issued letters patent of hi creating the artist a Count palatine and the Golden spur; these were unheard-of honors to be heaped upon a mere court painter, but Charles was not bothered by considerations of precedent, and formed a friendship with Titian which lasted for the rest of his life.

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