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Conquistador

Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the last stand of the Aztecs

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In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures. "I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold." --Hernan CortesIt was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. Only one would survive the encounter. In 1519, Hernan Cortes arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable--and tragic--aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest.In Tenochtitlan, the famed City of Dreams, Cortes met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of fifteen million people, and commander of the most powerful military machine in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortes defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astonishing military campaigns ever waged. Sometimes outnumbered in battle thousands-to-one, Cortes repeatedly beat seemingly impossible odds. Buddy Levy meticulously researches the mix of cunning, courage, brutality, superstition, and finally disease that enabled Cortes and his men to survive.Conquistador is the story of a lost kingdom--a complex and sophisticated civilization where floating gardens, immense wealth, and reverence for art stood side by side with bloodstained temples and gruesome rites of human sacrifice. It's the story of Montezuma--proud, spiritual, enigmatic, and doomed to misunderstand the stranger he thought a god. Epic in scope, as entertaining as it is enlightening, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.From the Hardcover edition.

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Conquistador: Hernán Cortés, King Montezuma, and the last stand of the Aztecs
2009, Bantam Books
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Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the last stand of the Aztecs
2008, Bantam Books
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2008, Random House Publishing Group
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Conquistador

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In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures. "I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold." --Hernan CortesIt was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. Only one would survive the encounter. In 1519, Hernan Cortes arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable--and tragic--aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest.In Tenochtitlan, the famed City of Dreams, Cortes met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of fifteen million people, and commander of the most powerful military machine in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortes defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astonishing military campaigns ever waged. Sometimes outnumbered in battle thousands-to-one, Cortes repeatedly beat seemingly impossible odds. Buddy Levy meticulously researches the mix of cunning, courage, brutality, superstition, and finally disease that enabled Cortes and his men to survive.Conquistador is the story of a lost kingdom--a complex and sophisticated civilization where floating gardens, immense wealth, and reverence for art stood side by side with bloodstained temples and gruesome rites of human sacrifice. It's the story of Montezuma--proud, spiritual, enigmatic, and doomed to misunderstand the stranger he thought a god. Epic in scope, as entertaining as it is enlightening, Conquistador is history at its most riveting.From the Hardcover edition.

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Dewey 972/.02

Conquistador

Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the last stand of the Aztecs

This edition was published in by Bantam Books in New York.


Table of Contents

Setting out for New Spain and the serendipitous gift of language
The battle with the Tabascans and the acquisition of La Malinche
Montezuma's message
The gambler stakes all : "either win the land or die in the attempt"
Into the mountains
The massacre of Cholula
The city of dreams
City of sacrifice
Seizure of empire
Cortes and Montezuma
Spaniard versus Spaniard
The Festival of Toxcatl
Montezuma's ironic fate
La noche triste
"Fortune favors the bold"
The great rash
Return to the Valley of Mexico
The wooden serpent
Encirclement
The siege begins
Clash of empires
The last stand of the Aztecs.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

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Dewey Decimal Class
972/.02
Library of Congress
F1230 .L45 2008

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

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OL16365309M
Internet Archive
conquistadorhern00levy
ISBN 13
9780553805383
LC Control Number
2007052178
Library Thing
5249009
Goodreads
2774104

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