History of the Conquest of Mexico (2 vol.)
by William H. Prescott
The fall of the Aztecs’ empire under a hand-full of men led by Hernando Cortes. A famous masterpiece of real History that reads like a great. adventure story.
“Regarded simply from the standpoint of literary criticism, the Conquest of Mexico is Prescott's masterpiece. 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. Cortιs and his lieutenants are persons whom we actually come to know in the pages of Prescott. 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 destiny. Prescott transmuted the acquisitions of laborious research into an enduring monument of pure literature."
Harry Thurston Peck, W.H. Prescott’s biographer
2 Volumes, 15 x21 cm, 600 pgs
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