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The story of Captain Alatriste is
related to the War of Felipe III to keep
the kingdom of Flanders. The war in
Flanders, lasted from 1568 to 1609
and from 1621 to 1648 (Peace of
Westphalia), with only a cold
interlude with the Twelve Years Truce.
That conflict devoured for over 80
years the Royal Treasury at all: the
United Provinces became
independent of the Empire and were
compensated with two more
provinces (north of the river Scheldt,
which ruined the river out of
Antwerp), apart from the colonies
had already occupied in the East
Indies. Under the reign of Charles II
the Bewitched French attacks
continued to destroy what was left of
the Spanish Flanders. By the Peace of
Aachen (1668), returned to Spain to
lose seats in the region. Five years
later, Louis XIV exchange proposed by
Flanders Roussillon and Cerdanya half,
lost north of the Pyrenees counties in
1659, but Charles II flatly refused,
which meant the outbreak of war
The Peace of Nijmegen again undermine Hispanic domains,
which ended up disappearing in early eighteenth century
with the Peace of Utrecht which ended the War of Spanish
Succession between Philip V and the Archduke Charles of
Austria by the Spanish throne. The Holy Roman Empire was
the new owner of Flanders in the future.
Arturo Pérez-Reverte Gutiérrez
(Cartagena, Murcia, November 25,
1951) is a Spanish writer and
journalist, member of the Royal
Spanish Academy since 2003. Former
correspondent and reporter RTVE
featured in various armed conflicts
and wars, is the author of the series
The Adventures of Captain Alatriste.
He was named honorary doctor at the
Polytechnic University of Cartagena,
the first awarded by that institution of
higher education , February 18, 2004.
Currently there are seven novels
published since 1996 and are based on
the adventures of Diego Alatriste y
Tenorio, a veteran soldier thirds of
Flanders and swordsman who lives
badly in seventeenth-century Madrid
renting his sword to all who need it.
Diego Alatriste y Tenorio , or just
Captain Alatriste (León , 1582-1519
May 1643 , Rocroi ) soldier from the
age of 13 in Madrid malvive
swordsman hired as running various
tasks based mainly on sword clashes .
Soldier was Tercio Viejo de Cartagena
and fought in the Netherlands. In this
campaign the nickname Captain won .
After ordering your low as a soldier in
the third of Cartagena goes to Naples
and enrolled in the third there, fighting
the Turks and Venetians. At this time
he meets Álvaro Brand and saves his
life . Enjoys a good reputation and is
set in place, but had to flee after
having a problem with the woman he
lives . Escape to Seville and Madrid,
where he began the job of swordsman
for hire. Re- enroll in the old third of
Cartagena, and returns to fight in the
Netherlands. For his performance
receives the rank of sergeant, who
then lost to duel with an officer. In
Flanders killed his friend Lope Balboa ,
who asks to be responsible for raising
your child .
After the defeat and annihilation of the old third of
Cartagena, Alatriste returns to Spain , he settled in
Madrid and get Inigo Balboa as a page .