History of the Conquest of Mexico & History of the Conquest of Peru by William H. PrescottHistory of the Conquest of Mexico & History of the Conquest of Peru by William H. Prescott

History of the Conquest of Mexico & History of the Conquest of Peru

byWilliam H. Prescott

Paperback | November 15, 1999

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One of America's greatest and most highly regarded historians, William Hickling Prescott set a lofty literary standard for historical writing with his books on Spain's emperors and explorers. Prescott avoided the dry, names-and-dates style of standard histories and instead brought the past alive, telling with drama and vigor the stories of the men who came face to face with the unknown, and the numerous brushes with death they survived as they carved out an empire in the New World. History of the Conquest of Mexico & History of the Conquest of Peru unites in one volume for the first time two of Prescott's best known and most powerful works. The books detail with accuracy and emotional resonance the arrival of Spain's conquerors to Mexico and Peru, and the wars of conquest whose outcomes remain the cause of contention even in the present day. The History of the Conquest of Mexico focuses on Hernan Cortés, a notary from Spain's Extremadura region, arriving at the edge of the Aztec empire with 500 men, determined to spread Christianity and enlarge the domain of Charles V of Spain. Within the space of a few years Cortés found himself fending off rivals from Spain and warring against enraged Aztecs, against whose superior numbers Cortés struggled against the odds to maintain his garrisons. Prescott's biographer Harry Thurston Peck called The History of the Conquest of Mexico "one of the most brilliant examples which the English language possesses of literary art applied to historical narration." Conquistadors Pizarro and Almagro are the protagonists of The History of the Conquest of Peru. Prescott tells of their brutal overthrow of the Incas, and the wars between the two of them afterward. Another of Prescott's biographers, Donald G. Darnell, called the book, "an immensely readable history." Using a wealth of documentation as raw material, Prescott turned this blend of viewpoints into a heroic and tragic epic of Spain's efforts to dominate Central and South America. The Histories
William Hickling Prescott (1796-1859) ranks with Francis Parkman and Edward Gibbon as one of the greatest historians of the 19th century. Despite eye problems that led to eventual blindness, Prescott wrote many widely praised works of history including The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella and The History of Phillip II.
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Title:History of the Conquest of Mexico & History of the Conquest of PeruFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1328 pages, 8.56 × 5.7 × 2.23 inPublished:November 15, 1999Publisher:Cooper Square Press

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ISBN - 10:0815410042

ISBN - 13:9780815410041

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This inspiring saga is available for the first time in one volume. History of the Conquest of Mexico & History of the Conquest of Peru represents an unsparing saga of religious imperialism. Readers will learn about Cortes’ and Pizarro’s brutal victories over the Aztec and Inca nations, and the decline of the once-powerful Spanish Empire.

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[History of the Conquest of Mexico] is as much a triumph over the genre as it is a saga of religious imperialism, Hernán Cortés' harsh victory over the Aztec nation.