The Conquest of New Spain

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Penguin Books Limited, 1963 - History - 412 pages
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Vivid, powerful and absorbing, this is a first-person account of one of the most startling military episodes in history: the overthrow of Montezuma's doomed Aztec Empire by the ruthless Hernan Cortes and his band of adventurers. Bernal Díaz del Castillo, himself a soldier under Cortes, presents a fascinatingly detailed description of the Spanish landing in Mexico in 1520 and their amazement at the city, the exploitation of the natives for gold and other treasures, the expulsion and flight of the Spaniards, their regrouping and eventual capture of the Aztec capital.

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extraordinary storytelling - Goodreads
Simple, but descriptive, prose - it reads like a novel. - Goodreads
Translated and with an intro by JM Cohen (1568). - Goodreads

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User Review  - DR Pitcock - Goodreads

Ok movie fans, here it goes; This movie should star Jennifer Lopez as Malinche' and Antonio Banderas as Bernal. This book is one with such vividness and interesting history it should have already been a movie. Read full review

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User Review  - Don Robertson - Goodreads

Written in the early 17th Century, and later translated, this story authored by one of Spanish soldiers, Bernal Diaz, who accompanied Hernan Cortes to the New World, this book is a marvelous read ... Read full review

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Spanish historian Bernal Diaz del Castillo (c.1492-1584) was a soldier in the army of the conquistador Cortes in the attack on the Aztecs. J M Cohen translated widely from French and Spanish, including for Penguin Classics Montaigne's Essays and Cervantes' Don Quixote.

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