Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492-1584) was a foot soldier in the army of Mexico's conqueror Hernán Cortés. The first edition of his True History of the Conquest of New Spain (as it was entitled in a later English translation) was published in Madrid in 1632 from a manuscript copy sent to Spain shortly after the author's death. Written in a highly accessible style, and describing the experiences of the troops themselves rather than seeing events from an officer's perspective, the work became even more successful than the official accounts and went through many editions and translations. The two-volume edition reissued here was first published in 1904 and is considered a more reliable text, as it was based on the original manuscript preserved in Guatemala City. Volume 2 contains chapters 140-214 and the index to both volumes.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Latin American Studies Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)|
Table of ContentsHistoria verdadera de la conquista de la Nueva España, Cap. CXL-CCXIV; Tabla de capítulos & Índice alfabético.
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This is a great book for someone who is looking to expand his/her knowledge about the conquest. If you have only read class-room books about this subject you will find your-self questioning what you thought it was the "real" story. Highly recommended for history majors.