A dramatic rethinking of the encounter between Montezuma and Hernando CortA©s that completely overturns what we know about the Spanish conquest of the Americas
On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando CortA©s first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introductionA??the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the AmericasA??has long been the symbol of CortA©sA??s bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere.But is this really what happened? In a departure from traditional tellings, When Montezuma Met CortA©s uses A??the MeetingA?A??as Restall dubs their first encounterA??as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both CortA©s and Montezuma. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Restall explores CortA©sA??s and MontezumaA??s posthumous reputations, their achievements and failures, and the worlds in which they livedA??leading, step by step, to a dramatic inversion of the old story. As Restall takes us through this sweeping, revisionist account of a pivotal moment in modern civilization, he calls into question our view of the history of the Americas, and, indeed, of history itself.
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by Matthew Ward
by Pat Barker
by Nancy Springer
by David Clement-Davies
by Tana French
"Why is a British voice narrating the history of the Spanish conquest of Aztec Mexico? That's just one of the questions this fascinating revisionist history leaves behind. The author believes every other historian got it wrong, and that after 499 years he has the real story. But it's often hard to tell what he's getting at or exactly where the differences lie. Steven Crossley is a focused and highly skilled narrator, commendable, in particular, for his fluid handling of Aztec nomenclature. You can listen for hours to this vivid re-creation of the world of the Aztecs, rendered in scrupulous detail. But here is one case where the parts outweigh the whole. D.A.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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