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The Resource History of the Conquest of Mexico

History of the Conquest of Mexico

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History of the Conquest of Mexico
Title
History of the Conquest of Mexico
Statement of responsibility
William H. Prescott ; introduction by James Lockhart
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Language
eng
Summary
"It is a magnificent epic," said William H. Prescott after the publication of History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843. Since then, his sweeping account of Cortés's subjugation of the Aztec people has endured as a landmark work of scholarship and dramatic storytelling. This pioneering study presents a compelling view of the clash of civilizations that reverberates in Latin America to this day. "Regarded simply from the standpoint of literary criticism, the Conquest of Mexico is Prescott's masterpiece," judged his biographer Harry Thurston Peck. "More than that, it is one of the most brilliant examples which the English language possesses of literary art applied to historical narration. . . . Here, as nowhere else, has Prescott succeeded in delineating character. All the chief actors of his great historic drama not only live and breathe, but they are as distinctly differentiated as they must have been in life. Cortés and his lieutenants are persons whom we actually come to know in the pages of Pres-cott. . . . Over against these brilliant figures stands the melancholy form of Montezuma, around whom, even from the first, one feels gathering the darkness of his coming fate. He reminds one of some hero of Greek tragedy, doomed to destruction and intensely conscious of it, yet striving in vain against the decree of an inexorable destiny. . . . [Prescott] transmuted the acquisitions of laborious research into an enduring monument of pure literature."
Summary
In 1519, Hernando Cortés arrived in Mexico to investigate stories of a wealthy empire. What he encountered was beyond his wildest dreams, an advanced civilisation with complex artistic, political and religious systems (involving extensive human sacrifice) and replete with gold. This was the Aztec empire, headed by the aloof emperor, Montezuma. With just a handful of men, Cortés achieved the impossible, crushing the Aztecs and their allies, and effectively annexing the whole territory for Spain
Biography type
contains biographical information
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176217
Cataloging source
DLC
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1796-1859
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William H. Prescott
Dewey number
972.02
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maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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Lockhart, James
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True
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History / Medieval
Target audience
adult
Label
History of the Conquest of Mexico
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Publication
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ODILO:034300004022
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307769763
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
History of the Conquest of Mexico
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300004022
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780307769763
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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