ALVA, DUKE OF

   a general of the armies of Charles V. and Philip of Spain; his career as a general was uniformly successful, but as a governor his cruelty was merciless, especially as the viceroy of Philip in the Low Countries, "very busy cutting off high heads in Brabant, and stirring up the Dutch to such fury as was needful for exploding Spain and him" (1508-1582).

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

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  • Alva, The Duke of — • Warrior and statesman (1508 1582) Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Alva — [al′və; ] Sp [ äl′vä΄] Duke of ( Fernando Álvarez de Toledo) 1508 82; Sp. general who suppressed a revolt in the Low Countries …   English World dictionary

  • Alva — /al veuh/; Sp. /ahl vah/, n. 1. Also, Alba. Fernando Alvarez de Toledo /ferdd nahn daw ahl vah rddeth dhe taw le dhaw/, Duke of, 1508 82, Spanish general who suppressed a Protestant rebellion in the Netherlands in 1567. 2. a male or female given… …   Universalium

  • Alva — biographical name Duke of see alvarez de toledo …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Alva — Al•va [[t]ˈɑl vɑ[/t]] also Alba n. big Fernando Alvarez de Toledo, Duke of, 1508–82, Spanish general who suppressed a Protestant rebellion in the Netherlands in 1567 …   From formal English to slang

  • Alva — /ˈælvə/ (say alvuh) noun Fernando Alvarez de Toledo /fɜˈnandoʊ alˈvarɛz də tɒˈleɪdoʊ/ (say fer nahndoh ahl vahrez duh to laydoh), Duke of, 1508–82, Spanish general who ruthlessly suppressed a Protestant rebellion in the Netherlands in 1567. Also …   Australian English dictionary

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