It is a magnificent epic, said William H Prescott after the publication of History of the Conquest of Mexico in 1843 Since then, his sweeping account of Corts s subjugation of the Aztec people has endured as a landmark work of scholarship and dramatic storytelling This pioneering study presents a compelling view of the clash of civilizations that reverberates in Latin America to this day Regarded simply from the standpoint of literary criticism, the Conquest of Mexico is Prescott s masterpiece, judged his biographer Harry Thurston Peck More than that, it is one of the most brilliant examples which the English language possesses of literary art applied to historical narration Here, as nowhere else, has Prescott succeeded in delineating character All the chief actors of his great historic drama not only live and breathe, but they are as distinctly differentiated as they must have been in life Corts and his lieutenants are persons whom we actually come to know in the pages of Pres cott Over against these brilliant figures stands the melancholy form of Montezuma, around whom, even from the first, one feels gathering the darkness of his coming fate He reminds one of some hero of Greek tragedy, doomed to destruction and intensely conscious of it, yet striving in vain against the decree of an inexorable des tiny Prescott transmuted the acquisitions of laborious research into an enduring monument of pure literature....
|Title||:||The History of the Conquest of Mexico (Modern Library)|
|Publisher||:||Modern Library October 1, 1998|
|Number of Pages||:||1005 pages|
|File Size||:||760 KB|
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The History of the Conquest of Mexico (Modern Library) Reviews
I originally bought this as an e-book because it was so cheap (embarrassing admission!), and I thought I'd miss out if I didn't purchase it then and there. Well it was cheap, but I would only have missed out if I hadn't begun reading before I realised it was cheap because it was a very old book, reprinted. Prescott's style is very dated, and his expressions sometimes seem convoluted, but I really enjoyed it enormously - his storytelling is superb, and while he sometimes reveals his age with non-PC comments about native peoples and their gods, he never seems condescending. His efforts to accurately portray that most extraordinary, single-minded, confident, competent leader, military commander, politician, and rascal Hernando Cortes succeed beyond expectation. While deploring the long-term results of the conquest of Mexico, Cortes' achievement is breathtaking, and wonderfully described by Prescott from a perspective much closer to the events than we can readily muster today.
The author, writes this historical story as though he is standing next Herman Cortes in his journey to discover and seize new lands for Spain and the Roman Catholic Church (Christianity). The author loves Cortez and the violent journey he led. It was difficult reading for me as the writer graphically imposed upon a reader the horrific destruction of the "Aztec" people's in order to impose Christianity upon them and place the cross upon their lands. This is a historical accounting our history books should present. I was sickened and still I could not put this book down. I will most likely read it again and again as I share this book with history teachers and professors of history. Now, I fully accept the data identifying the death of 100 million Indigenous peoples by the invasion of the Europeans.
I was surprised to see that the book was written in 1843, before the Mexican War. The author did not use much of the stilted language of that time and the book is easy to read. There are some words used which are now obscure, but the context is usually clear It a long book, but very complete with a lot of insight of the people involved and the times. I don't know if later research would change any of the story, but it is a good overall history.
The History of the Conquest of Mexico is a detailed, social, political, anthropological and virtual firsthand report and account of the conquest of Mexico. It is detailed, riveting, intellectually honest and exciting. Prescott provides a first class account that captures the tiniest bead of information and integrates it into the larger and at times international picture. Prescott is a terrific story teller, this is what the book is all about, a first class, first rate and virtual first person account of one of the most unlikely and extraordinary conquests in the history of civilization. -Bob Martin
A very informative history of early discovery, and conquest of Mexico. This book is great for anyone interested in their cultural history, or a history buff whom is generally looking to expand overall knowledge of world history and or geography. The information also provides an in depth view and an opportunity to live vicariously through the eyes of an explorer, and world traveler seeking new lands, and interacting with new cultures or races of people regional to the area being explored for the first time.
The author, in an admittedly dated style, gives a detailed story of how Cortes came back from the brink of defeat, over and over to finally triumph in a enormous bloodbath and conquer Mexico . I doubt if few people have any idea of what he went through... on the other hand, I doubt if many people have any idea what the Mexicans went through, which was far worse. In the book the reader roots for Cortes as he decimates a whole civilization, in the name of God.... Makes you wonder!!!
I discovered this book at an old library while looking for sources for a research paper in high school. The book I found was a good three times as old as myself, smelt of old basement, and gave me an allergy attack every time I opened it. After skimming a few of the chapters in the second book in the conquest of mexico, I became really interested. As i do with any truly promising book, I started over, from the very first page, and dived into the colorful, rich, exotic, and dangerous world of the 16th century Spanish conquest. My paper ended up being a week late due to the hours spent reading Prescott's book, but it was completely worth the bad grade, for I had found an amazing book full of wonderful histories of events that are scarcely (if at all) touched upon in any normal history class. I love this book for a different reason than most older historians and other readers do, because reading this book really unlocked a passion for learning, and a desire to educate myself through reading. I have recommended this to almost all of my friends, and those who have read it share a similar appreciation for it. I'm going to be bold and say that I think this book and others like it have the potential to restore a good image of history into my generation. It's proof that history is isn't boring and dry and just a cyclical story of aristocrats getting married, full of dates and names to be memorized. The vivid language used by Prescott complements the nearly fantastic elements of the Spaniards' endeavors. Therefore I would highly advise against reading the "simpler" versions, for they provide no advantage other than to make the reader comfortable in their inability or reluctance to read English as the author intended. If we simply gave students in my generation access to works such as this and the opportunities to gain the skills to read them, then perhaps they would see for themselves the great stories to be heard outside of vampire fictions, and masterpieces like this wouldn't be gathering dust in an old library or only be found in the recesses of internet mega-retailers.