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Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico

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andlt;Bandgt;THE UNPARALLELED HISTORY OF THE FALL OF OLD MEXICOandlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Drawing on newly discovered sources and writing with brilliance, drama, and profound historical insight, Hugh Thomas presents an engrossing narrative of one of the most significant events of Western history. andlt;BRandgt; Ringing with the fury of two great empires locked in an epic battle, andlt;Iandgt;Conquestandlt;/Iandgt; captures in extraordinary detail the Mexican and Spanish civilizations and offers unprecedented in-depth portraits of the legendary opponents, Montezuma and Cortand#233;s. andlt;Iandgt;Conquestandlt;/Iandgt; is an essential work of history from one of our most gifted historians.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 774-793) and index.

About the Author

Hugh Thomas is the author of The Spanish Civil War and other works, both nonfiction and fiction. He lives in London, England.

Table of Contents

Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS

PREFACE

NOTES

I

ANCIENT MEXICO

1 Harmony and order

2 Palace of the white sedges

3 I see misfortune come

4 Not with love but with fear

II

SPAIN OF THE GOLDEN AGE

5 The golden years begin

6 The Pope must have been drunk

7 Better lands have never been discovered

8 What I saw was so splendid

9 A great Lord born in brocade

10 Sweating, hunger and hard work

III

TO KNOW THE SECRETS OF THE LAND

11 A gentlemanly pirate

12 The advantage of having horse and cannon

13 As much as where Solomon took the gold for the temple

14 A dragon's head for a "Florentine" glass

15 They received him with trumpets

16 If I continue, shall I win?

17 To leave none of us alive

18 This cruelty restored order

19 Another new world of great cities and towers

IV

CORTÉS AND MONTEZUMA

20 An image of Quetzalcoatl

21 Bees and spiders make works of art

22 Something must be done for the Lord

V

CORTÉS' PLANS UNDONE

23 The King, our lord, is more King than other Kings

24 A voice very deep and hoarse as if it came from a vault

25 To cut off Don Hernando's ears

26 The blood of the chieftains ran like water

27 As a song you were born, Montezuma

28 Fortune spins her wheel

VI

THE SPANISH RECOVERY

29 The sweetness of death by the obsidian knife

30 It was convenient to impose the said punishment

31 My principal intention and motive in making this war

32 They were all lords

VII

THE BATTLE FOR TENOCHTITLAN

33 Remember the bold hearts

34 A great harvest of captives

35 Such mad dogs

VIII

AFTERMATH

36 The general exodus

37 The songs and voices scarcely ceased

38 The clause in Adam's will which excludes France

39 An absolute monarch

EPILOGUE

GLOSSARY

APPENDICES

I The population of old Mexico

II A summary of Montezuma's tribute

III Mexican calendars

IV Spanish money c. 1520

V Cortés' ladies

GENEALOGIES

I The emperors of Mexico

II The Spanish and imperial royal families

III Cortés and his relations

IV The transformation of the Mexican royal family

V Cortés' arrival in the nobility

UNPUBLISHED DOCUMENTS

1 Cortés' father Martín Cortés in Medellín

2 Cortés' grandfather Diego Alfon Altamirano

3 Cortés' journey to America, 1506

4 A letter from Cortés in Mexico, 6 July 1519

5 Montezuma's concession of power, 1520

6 New evidence about the death of Catalina

7 Cortés, art and loyalty

8 Diego Velázquez's punishments

CHAPTER NOTES

SOURCES

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671511043
Author:
Thomas, Hugh
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mexico
Subject:
Mexico History Conquest, 1519-1540.
Subject:
Latin America - Mexico
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Cortes, Hernan
Subject:
World History-Mexico
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 229
Publication Date:
April 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16PP INSERT+LINE DRAWS T/O
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 39.865 oz

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