Conquest: Cortes, Montezuma, and the Fall of Old Mexico

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 7, 1995 - History - 812 pages
Illustrations -- Preface -- Notes -- Ancient Mexico: -- Harmony and order -- Palace of the white sedges -- I see misfortune come -- Not with love but with fear -- Spain Of The Golden Age: -- Golden years begin -- Pope must have been drunk -- Better lands have never been discovered -- What I saw was so splendid -- Great Lord born in brocade -- Sweating, hunger and hard work -- To Know The Secrets Of The Land: -- Gentlemanly pirate -- Advantage of having horse and cannon -- As much as where Solomon took the gold for the temple -- Dragon's head for a "Florentine" glass -- They received him with trumpets -- If I continue, shall I win? -- To leave none of us alive -- This cruelty restored order -- Another new world of great cities and towers -- Cortes And Montezuma: -- Image of Quetzalcoat -- Bees and spider make works of art -- Something must be done for the Lord -- Cortes' Plans Undone: -- King, our lord, is more King than other Kings -- Voice very deep and hoarse as if it came from a vault -- To cut off Don Hernando's ears -- Blood of the chieftains ran like water -- As a song you were born, Montezuma -- Fortune spins her wheel -- Spanish Recovery: -- Sweetness of death by the obsidian knife -- It was convenient to impose the said punishment -- My principal intention and motive in making this war -- They were all lords -- Battle For Tenochtitlan: -- Remember the bold hearts -- Great harvest of captives -- Such mad dogs -- Aftermath: -- General exodus -- Songs and voices scarcely ceased -- Clause in Adam's will which excludes France -- Absolute monarch -- Epilogue -- Glossary -- Appendices: -- Population of old Mexico -- Summary of Montezuma's tribute -- Mexican calendars -- Spanish money c-1520 -- Cortes' ladies -- Genealogies: -- Emperors of Mexico -- Spanish and imperial royal families -- Cortes and his relations -- Transformation of the Mexican royal family -- Cortes' arrival in the nobility -- Unpublished Documents: -- Cortes' father Martin Cortes in Medellin -- Cortes' grandfather Diego Alfon Altamirano -- Cortes' journey to America 1506 -- Letter from Cortes' in Mexico, 6 July 1519 -- Montezuma's concession of power, 1520 -- New evidence about the death of Catalina -- Cortes, art and loyalty -- Diego Velazquez's punishments -- Chapter notes -- Sources -- Index.
 

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For either longterm consequences or immediate drama, there are few conflicts in history to rival that between Montezuma and Hernan Cortes. Thomas (Armed Truce, 1987, etc.) does it full justice ... Read full review

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Digging into thousands of pages of legal testimony given in the 1520s by participants in Cortes's expedition against the Mexico of ancient Mesoamerica, Thomas revisits the Spanish invasion of the ... Read full review

Contents

Harmony and order
3
Palace of the white sedges
17
see misfortune come
28
Not with love but with fear
40
II
44
The golden years begin
55
The Pope must have been drunk
70
Better lands have never been discovered
85
The sweetness of death by the obsidian knife
417
It was convenient to impose the said punishment
434
My principal intention and motive in making this war
451
They were all lords
462
Remember the bold hearts
485
A great harvest of captives
507
Such mad dogs
515
The general exodus
533

What I saw was so splendid
97
A great Lord born in brocade
116
Sweating hunger and hard work
131
TO KNOW THE SECRETS OF THE LAND
143
A gentlemanly pirate
145
The advantage of having horse and cannon
158
As much as where Solomon took the gold for the temple
175
A dragons head for a Florentine glass
188
They received him with trumpets
205
If I continue shall I win?
227
To leave none of us alive
241
This cruelty restored order
251
Another new world of great cities and towers
265
An image of Quetzalcoatl
289
Bees and spiders make works of art
304
Something must be done for the Lord
317
V
323
CORTES PLANS UNDONE
335
The King our lord is more King than other Kings
337
A voice very deep and hoarse as if it came from a vault
358
To cut off Don Hernandos ears
369
The blood of the chieftains ran like water
383
As a song you were born Montezuma
394
Fortune spins her wheel
407
VI
413
THE SPANISH RECOVERY
415
The songs and voices scarcely ceased
549
The clause in Adams will which excludes France
564
An absolute monarch
571
EPILOGUE
589
GLOSSARY
603
The population of old Mexico
609
A summary of Montezumas tribute
615
Mexican calendars
618
Spanish money c i 520
621
Cortes ladies
622
The emperors of Mexico
623
The Spanish and imperial royal families
625
Cortes and his relations
626
The transformation of the Mexican royal family
628
Cortes arrival in the nobility
629
Cortes father Martin Cortes in Medellin
631
Cortes grandfather Diego Alfon Altamirano
632
A letter from Cortes in Mexico 6 July 1519
633
Montezumas concession of power 1520
634
New evidence about the death of Catalina 63 5
635
Cortes art and loyalty
636
Diego Velazquezs punishments
637
CHAPTER NOTES
639
SOURCES
774
INDEX
795
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Hugh Thomas is the author of The Spanish Civil War, Conquest, and many other books. A former Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies (U.K.), he was made Lord Thomas of Swinnerton in 1981. He lives in London.

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