History of the Conquest of Mexico

History of the Conquest of Mexico

by William Hickling Prescott
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History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott

"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."

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BN ID: 2940029759221
Publisher: J. B. Lippincott
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book

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History of the Conquest of Mexico (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Yosemite More than 1 year ago
"The Conquest of Mexico." I picked this up off my shelf mostly as a joke because I didn't know what to read next. I laughed, when I opened this very thick, dry sounding tome. But almost immediatly I was drawn into this fascinating, daunting adventure/conquest. Written mostly from primary texts of men who served with Hernan Cortes, this is a compelling story of survival, greed, triumph and tragedy. I loved it.
deGuzman More than 1 year ago
At first I was hesitant to read the book because when I read the introduction, I realize that the author had never been to Mexico! I was able to put that aside and continue reading. Overall, there was a lot of interesting reading that I enjoyed. Very intriguing. The only aspect of the book I disliked was that the author (at times) took to much time trying to justify the atrocious actions of the Spaniards. In my opinion, a history book should just be that, a history book. Facts of the enterprise is what should be in the book, not what the author thinks is the reason for how they did things. For those readers that are familiar with Mexico, you will learn interesting facts about the places you have seen.
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The book is very indept abotu the happenings that lead up to Cortes conquoring Mexico. I am not a history major, this might explane my next statement. I did not understand what was going on and the book was very hard to follow.