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Philip II (21 May 1527 – 13 September 1598), nicknamed the Prudent, was king of Spain, Portugal, Naples and Sicily, Duke of Milan, Lord of the Netherlands, and briefly king consort of England through his marriage to Mary I. His reign, during which the Spanish Empire reached the height of its expansion and power and experienced a flourishing of art and literature, is considered the Spanish Golden Age. He leads the Spanish in Civilization VI.

Philip leads another global naval empire, but unlike England, this one is the leading candidate to win a Religious Victory.


All Spain stands ready to answer your prayers, devout King Philip II. From your palace at El Escorial you can send forth your followers: missionaries, apostles, and conquistadors ready to strike out across the seas to spread the good word about your most holy empire. May the treasures they uncover fuel your quest to unite the world under one faith and one empire, making you truly the Most Catholic king.


Philip II's unique agenda is Counter Reformer. He likes civilizations which follow the same religion he does and wants all his cities to follow the same religion. He hates anyone trying to spread their religion into his empire.

Philip's leader ability is El Escorial. His Inquisitors can Remove Heresy one extra time, and his military and religious units receive +5 Strength Combat Strength (or Religious Strength Religious Strength) against units owned by players who follow other religions. In Gathering Storm, his Inquisitors also remove 100% of the presence of other religions.

Detailed Approach[]

Philip wants everyone to adopt his beloved Catholicism. He wants to establish a small empire on the coast of his home continent and then go sailing to find additional settlement spots. If he can't find places on other continents to settle peacefully, he will use his Conquistadors to force a foothold. Once there, the Missions and Treasure Fleet civilization ability will ensure that the foreign presence will be lucrative for him. He's going to push against anyone that isn't following his Religion until he has turned the entire world to his Beliefs.


Philip II is voiced by Anton Carmona Vega. He speaks Castilian Spanish and uses the pluralis majestatis to refer to himself.


Codename Quote (English translation) Quote (Castilian Spanish) Notes
Agenda-based Approval I am relieved you understand that we cannot tolerate heretics. It is against God, of course. (lit. "We are a nation of faith, and your kindness towards our devotion honors you.") Somos una nación de fe, y vuestro favor a nuestra devoción os honra.
Agenda-based Disapproval Rather than penitent, you are blasphemous. The vengeance of God will be upon your head. (lit. "You are not penitent, you are blasphemous! The vengeance of God will fall on your head.") No sois penitente, ¡blasfemáis! La venganza de Dios caerá sobre vuestra cabeza.
Attacked You think your army can compare with my armada… with the might of my empire? You are grievously mistaken. (lit. "This is absurd, are you declaring war on us? Do you ignore the power of the Invincible Armada?") Aquesto es absurdo, ¿nos estáis declarando la guerra? ¿Acaso ignoráis el poderío de la Armada Invencible?
Declares War You have transgressed against my kingdom and the kingdom of God… you must answer for your sins. (lit. "You have been judged for your sins. And now you will expiate them! ... May God have pity on your soul.") Se os ha juzgado por vuestros pecados. ¡Y agora los expiaréis! ... Que Dios se compadezca de vuestra alma. The line in English seems to be inspired by Jeremiah 3:13 - "that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God."[1]
Defeated My lands… my Kingdom… why, God? Why have you forsaken me? (lit. "Our states...Why Lord? Why have you abandoned us?") Nuestros estados... ¿por qué, Señor? ¿Por qué nos has abandonado? This is very similar to the fourth of Jesus Christ's seven utterances on the cross ("My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?").
Greeting I am the King of Spain, Portugal, Sardinia and Sicily, Naples, Duke of Milan, etc., but most importantly, I am a devout follower of the one, true religion. I hope for your sake you are as well. (lit. "We are Felipe, the king of Spain and Portugal, however, above everything else, we are a faithful devotee of the one true religion.") Nos somos Felipe, el rey de España y Portugal, empero por encima de todo, somos fieles devotos de la única y verdadera religión.
Quote from Civilopedia One day, I will be able to look at the map of the world, but will have ceased to be a map of the world. It will be Spain. (lit. "The day will come when when we are looking at the map of the world, it will no longer be the world. It will be Spain.") Llegará el día en el que cuando estemos contemplando el mapa del mundo, ya no será el mundo. Será España. This is a paraphrased quote by Philip II from the movie The Sea Hawk (1940) - "One day, before my death, we shall sit here and gaze at this map upon the wall. It will have ceased to be a map of the world. It will be Spain."[2]


Delegation: I have sent a delegation to your city. Please, enjoy the churros and welcome them kindly.

Accepts Delegation from Player: We received the heret- I mean, your trade delegation. I will be sure to instruct them in our ways.

Accepts Player’s Declaration of Friendship: You are blessed by God, and a friend to me. Let the world know you are protected under his might.

Rejects Player's Declaration of Friendship: No, I do not accept your offer. You are a sinner, and no friend of Spain.

Requests Declaration of Friendship: I believe you have seen the wisdom in the light of the Lord. Let us share in friendship his blessing.

Denounced by Player: There is no greater sin than to defy the anointed servant of the Lord. You will pay dearly for this.

Denounces Player: You are another Judas, sent to betray the Lord.

Too Many Troops Near His Border: Do not presume you can keep your soldiers on my borders without repercussions. Move them at once.

Invitation to Capital: Would you like to hear of my capital? Madrid is the most beautiful of cities. Is your capital beautiful as well?

Invitation to City: Would you like to see a bullfight? There is no spectacle like it. Come to my nearby city and see for yourself.

Civilopedia entry[]

Thanks to his Hapsburg predecessors, Felipe (as he was born) inherited a large portion of the world. His lands included not only most of the important bits of Europe, but territories on every continent known to the Europeans – including the Philippine Islands, named after him. In a life spanning 71 years, he proved himself not just a renowned despot, but a man of letters with a love of music and art. He amassed one of the greatest collections of art and rare books in history at San Lorenzo de El Escorial (his palace outside of Madrid). Deeply religious, he also made the Escorial home to a Hieronymite monastery and an Augustinian-run school and the greatest of reliquaries outside the Vatican. His lifetime encompassed Spain’s golden age, for some obvious reasons.

Born in May 1527 AD with far, far more than the proverbial silver spoon, Philip was son to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and Infanta Isabella of Portugal. At the age of eleven months, he received the oath of fealty from the Cortes of Castile, and his future was assured. The boy was raised at court, and tutored by such notables as Juan Siliceo (future archbishop of Toledo) and the humanist Juan de Estrella. His martial training was undertaken by Juan de Zuniga, commander-mayor of Castile, and the famed Duke of Alba with whom Philip served during the Italian War of 1542.

Convinced that his son was well-prepared, the ailing emperor began abdicating his many thrones to Philip, commencing with those of Sicily and Naples first in 1554. Already Duke of Milan, at the age of 27 Philip II was a king. In 1555, in his most public announcement, Charles informed the States General of the Netherlands that he was retiring to a monastery and Philip would henceforth rule that land. Charles then abdicated the throne of the Spanish Empire in January 1558 with minimal fanfare. Philip now ruled an empire on which, truly, the sun never set.

With the exception of such unpleasantries as the execution of the Attorney-General of Aragon when he objected to Philip’s breach of Aragon’s law, the garrisoning of troops in Navarre in breach of its laws, and unlawful appointments of Castilian officials in Pamplona (Philip seems to have found the Spanish laws annoying), Philip’s early reign was fairly benign. He was however a firm believer, obviously, in the divine right of kings – that God had made him king of Spain and that, as God could not make a mistake, neither could he.

The first was to his cousin Maria of Portugal in 1543; she died two years later giving birth to the unlucky Don Carlos who, at the order of his father, was later imprisoned in the Alcazar of Madrid where he died after six months. A decade later Philip married Mary I of England, better known as “Bloody Mary,” making him the king-consort of England and Ireland … but Mary died in 1558. Mary was barely buried when it was the turn of Elizabeth of Valois, daughter of King Henri II of France, in 1559 to seal the Peace of Cateau-Cambresis ending the warfare between Spain and France. She did give Philip two daughters, but died herself in 1568. Finally, returning to keeping it in the family, in 1570 he wed Anna of Austria, his niece. She lasted a decade before dying, but she did give him a male heir (who would become Philip III).

But it was his troubles with another woman that changed civilization. Philip, by virtue of his marriage to Mary Tudor, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, was – or at least considered himself to be – king of England. When Mary passed and those stiff-necked Brits elevated Elizabeth I to the throne instead of accepting Philip’s claim, he was irritated. Worse, Elizabeth promoted the Church of England her father had founded and began dismantling the Catholicism Bloody Mary had reinstated. England was Protestant, again, and that Philip couldn’t abide. Even worse than that, Elizabeth encouraged English colonization of the New World … and gave tacit backing to the English “pirates” that were preying on Spain’s shipping there. It was more than a man could bear.

Then, in 1585, Elizabeth sent an English army to aid the Protestant Dutch, in rebellion against Spanish rule. It was the last straw. Two years later, Elizabeth’s favorite Sir Francis Drake captained a successful raid on the Spanish port of Cadiz, destroying a number of Philip’s warships. Rebuilding his fleet, Philip launched the “Spanish Armada” in July 1588; it was an unmitigated disaster. And shifted the balance of power in Protestant England’s favor. Three more armadas were assembled, but the ones in 1596 and 1597 were defeated and the one of 1599 had to be diverted to the Azores to fend off British raids. The Anglo-Spanish War would drag on to a desultory end in 1604, after both Philip and Elizabeth were dead.

With Spain now weakened, Philip faced an increasing tide of troubles. Revolt in the Netherlands, war against the Ottomans in the Mediterranean, religious wars in France, agitation in the Cortes in several places, involvement in the morass of the Italian Wars at the behest of the papacy, unrest in the colonies. And he was broke. Charles V had saddled Philip with a 36 million ducat debt and a deficit of a million ducats annually. Philip would default on loans four times by 1596. Reduced revenues to the crown from overseas (thanks in part to those British sea dogs) and involvement in so many conflicts only exacerbated matters. Some historians claim that Philip’s financial woes had much to do with Spain’s decline from being a great power in the next century.

No wonder Philip – although still the most powerful monarch in Europe – took to his bed at El Escorial in September 1598, never to rise again from it.





CIVILIZATION VI - First Look- Spain

First Look: Spain

Related achievements[]

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition
Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition
Launch an Inquisition as Spain
A reference to the catchphrase in the Monty Python skit 'The Spanish Inquisition'.
Non Sufficit Orbis
Non Sufficit Orbis
Win a regular game as Philip II
An inscription on medals given in Philip II's reign, meaning 'the world is not enough'.


See also[]

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