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  - Mike Sanders - Goodreads

A thrilling and sometimes disturbing first-hand account of Cortes' ruthless devastation of the Aztecs through a combination of military might, deceitful intrigue, outrageous hubris, and plain dumb ... Read full review

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User Review  - Monty Milne - Goodreads

Although this can become repetitious ("I find it wearisome to write yet another account of a battle, but it was far worse to endure them than it is to write about them") Diaz is such a vivid writer ... Read full review

About the author (1963)

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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