Philip IV of Spain
Felipe IV of Spain
Historical Figure
Nationality: Spain
Religion: Catholicism
Date of Birth: 8 April 1605
Date of Death: 17 September 1665
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: King of Spain, Sicily, and Portugal
Spouse: Elisabeth of France (d. 6 October 1644), Mariana of Austria (b. 24 December 1634)[n 1]
Children: Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias
John of Austria the Younger (illegitimate but acknowledged)
Maria Theresa of Spain (b. 10 September 1638)
Margaret Theresa of Spain (b. 12 July 1651)
Charles II of Spain (b. 6 November 1661)
Relatives: Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand (brother)
Don Carlos (brother)
Anne of Austria (sister)
Affiliations: House of Habsburg
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): 1634: The Bavarian Crisis
1635: The Cannon Law
Type of Appearance: Direct
Spouse: Elisabeth of France
Children: Balthasar Charles, Prince of Asturias
John of Austria the Younger (illegitimate but acknowledged)
Philip IV (Spanish: Felipe IV, 8 April 1605 – 17 September 1665) was King of Spain (as Philip IV in Castile and Philip III in Aragon) between 1621 and 1665, sovereign of the Spanish Netherlands, and King of Portugal (as Philip III, Portuguese: Filipe III) until 1640. On the eve of his death in 1665, the Spanish empire reached its territorial zenith, a then-unheard-of 12.2 million square kilometres (4.7 million square miles), 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. This lack of success was not due to lack of effort on Philip and Olivares part but to a failure to comprehend the root causes of the problems.

He is best remembered for the "astonishing enthusiasm" with which he collected art, and for his patronage of the arts, including such artists as Diego Velázquez.

Philip IV in 1632Edit

While Philip IV was not as detached from ruling as some other European monarchs, he appeared to be mostly content to leave the everyday business of governing to his favorite and chief minister, Gaspar de Guzmán, Count-Duke of Olivares.

In 1633, Philip, who had been continuing Spain's war against the Dutch Republic, accepted Cardinal Richelieu's offer to join the League of Ostend, and attack the Dutch fleet. However, Richelieu's plan involved creating the illusion that French and English ships were coming to help the Dutch against a Spanish attack, so the Spanish fleet was seriously damaged while the English and French took little damage.

By September of 1634, Philip was quite upset with Pope Urban VIII. In May of that year, Urban had pardoned Galileo, and tacitly recognized the United States of Europe by elevating the up-timer Lawrence Mazzare to cardinal and appointing him as Cardinal-Protector of the USE. Later, and more seriously in Philip's eyes, he granted dispensations releasing Don Fernando from his vows to the Roman Catholic Church and allowing him to marry his cousin, Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, thereby allowing him effectively declare independence as "King in the Netherlands". Philip promised to "deal with" Urban for doing that while having broken off diplomatic relations with Spain.

Philip was aware that his only legitimate son at the time, Balthasar Carlos had died of smallpox in 1646; that he had remarried and produced a successor who had been multiply handicapped, probably impotent, and generally unfit to rule; and that Spain had fallen to the French Bourbons. Despite his negative attitudes toward up-timers and the USE, this was enough to get him to order that up-time anti-smallpox measures be introduced into Spain.

In 1635, Phillip ordered Cardinal Borja to discredit and undermine Pope Urban. He was greatly angered when Borja went beyond his instructions and not only deposed Urban, but had himself declared Pope, as that had essentially ruined Spain's foreign policy. He wanted to have Borja killed, but grudgingly accepted that killing him, or even publicly disavowing him, would only make things worse. Also, after he became aware that Urban had escaped, he had to consider the likelihood that Urban would regain the papacy if Borja were killed, and that a restored Urban would almost certainly be hostile to Spain.

In January of 1636, Philip wanted to take advantage of the civil unrest in the USE, but could not due to unrest, if not outright revolt, in Portugal and Catalonia, and the continuing aftereffects of Cardinal Borja's seizure of Rome on Spain's possessions in Italy.


  1. She was the daughter of Ferdinand III. Based on 1634: The Bavarian Crisis, it appears that she will not have an analog in the 1632 TL.
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Regnal titles (OTL)
Preceded by
Philip III of Spain
King of Spain
31 March 1621 – 17 September 1665
Succeeded by
Charles II