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.”Hernán Cortés

It 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, Hernán Cortés 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 Tenochtitlán, the famed City of Dreams, Cortés 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, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astonishing military campaigns ever waged. Sometimes outnumbered in battle thousands-to-one, Cortés repeatedly beat seemingly impossible odds. Buddy Levy meticulously researches the mix of cunning, courage, brutality, superstition, and finally disease that enabled Cortés and his men to survive.

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.

Baker & Taylor
A narrative history of the conquest of Mexico by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and his crew of adventurers offers contrasting studies of Cortés and the powerful Aztec king Montezuma, as well as a study of the complex lost civilization of the Aztecs and the remarkable military campaign that brought down the entire Aztec nation. 35,000 first printing.

& Taylor

A narrative history of the conquest of Mexico offers contrasting studies of Hernâan Cortâes and the powerful Aztec king Montezuma, and discusses the complex civilization of the Aztecs and the military campaign that brought down the entire Aztec nation.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2008
ISBN: 9780553805383
Branch Call Number: 972.02 Lev
Characteristics: 429 p. : col. ill


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Feb 22, 2013

Captivating scenes--Imagine how different Mexico would be today if Tenochtitlan wasn't razed for a few thousand pounds of metal. Maybe the ancient gilded city and the lakeside gardens that sustained it would still exist in some form and inspire like the quaint little medieval towns of Italy still exist today. Instead we have ruins and a brackish, polluted pond. Gripping narratives--A few heavily armed desperate thugs with a keen leader take down an empire in an epic siege. Insightful comments--The Aztecs may not have been bloodthirsty enough. Warfare for them was about taking prisoners, not killing the enemy on the battlefield. Their tactics may have given the Spanish a crucial advantage.

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