THE WAR OF THE SPANISH SUCCESSION THE Question Of The Spanish Succession, The Chief Motive For Concluding The Somewhat Disadvantageous Peace Of Ryswick, Engrossed, Towards The Close Of The Seventeenth Century, The Attention Of European Statesmen An Attack Of Tertian Fever, In 1697, Had Still Further Shattered The Feeble Constitution Of Charles II And Though He Survived Three Or Four Years A Disorder Which Had Threatened To Be Fatal, The Effects Of It At Length Brought Him To The Tomb Feeble Both In Body And Mind, His Life Had Been Nothing But A Protracted Malady, In Which The Last Descendant Of The Emperor Charles V Seemed To Typify The Declining Kingdom Over Which He Reigned.