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The Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Díaz…

The Conquest of New Spain (1568)

by Bernal Díaz del Castillo

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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.… (more)

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Pretty damn boring. I read it because Werner Herzog cites it as one of his favourite books. I've duly noted that I need to be wary, in the future, of his recommendations... ( )
  theforgottenworks | Jul 20, 2018 |
Printed letterpress in Mexico.
finely illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias.
Signed by the printer, illustrator and editor.
Fine watermarked laid paper.
Rebound by Shepherds in full acid etched hewitt calfskin with marbled endpapers. ( )
  Drfreddy94 | May 19, 2018 |
An absolutely amazing first-person account of the conquest of Mexico by the Spanish. A must read for anyone interested in the subject. ( )
  dwhill | Apr 23, 2013 |
Sometimes extraordinary events are fortuitously recorded by a well placed participant. In this case, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, describes the 16th century Spanish discovery and defeat of the Mexican empire in an account that is so compelling that it is difficult to put down.
The basic facts are not disputed, and reveal the extraordinary military valour of Cortez and most of his men. He gives weight to existing tribal conflicts, the role of religious beliefs and also illustrates Cortez's manipulative cunning and great love of love of gold, even going as far as cheating his own men. ( )
1 vote Miro | Nov 6, 2010 |
Intriguing novel (although it shouldn't be considered fiction), by one of Hernan Cortés' soldiers who tells the tale of the conquest of New-Spain (read: Mexico). If gives an image of the lifes of those conquistadores, and the quest for glory (and gold) by the soldiers and their superiors. Although the outcome is quite clear from the beginning it is a good read (albeit with a lot of repetitions in the text). That outcome is achieved partly because the Mexicans believed a people would come from where the sun rises and they would later rule them, but also because of the military strength of the Spaniards. It also shows the minds of those early conquistadores, they really thought what they did was good, they didn't think about the consequences... Enslaving indians, no problem, forcing catholicism upon them, no problem... ( )
  kabouter | Aug 20, 2010 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Bernal Díaz del Castilloprimary authorall editionscalculated
Cohen, John MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
García, GenaroEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Idell, AlbertEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maudslay, A. P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Narciß, Georg A.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serés, GuillermoEditor Literariosecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomas, HughIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, citizen and governor of the most loyal city of Santiago de Guatemala, one of the first discoverers and conquerors of New Spain and its provinces, and of the Cape of Honduras and Higueras, native of the most noble and famous city of Medina del Campo, and son of its former governor Francisco Díaz del Castillo, known as the Courteous - and his legal wife Maria Diez Rejon - may their souls rest in glory! - tell you the story of myself and my comrades; all true conquerors, who served His Majesty in the discovery, conquest, pacification, and the settlement of new Spain; one of the finest regions of the New World yet discovered, this expedition being undertaken by our own efforts, and without his Majesty's knowledge.

Penguin Classics translation by J. M. Cohen, 1963.
Bernal Díaz del Castillo, the last survivor of the Conquerors of Mexico, died on his estates in Guatamala at the age of eighty-nine, as poor as he had lived.

Penguin Classics introduction by J. M. Cohen, 1963.
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