Discovery And Conquest of Mexico 1517- 1521.
Discovery And Conquest of Mexico 1517- 1521. By Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Classified acceptable to missing dust jacket. Cover, text pages, binding are in VERY Good Condition, especially considering the age of this book. Attractive design on the cloth cover.
Told by one of the most seasoned soldiers under Cortes, Bernal Diaz writes an epic that reminded me of Tolkein, only it happened in actual recorded history…when the Spanish are joined by the many surrounding chiefs and tribes to finally put an end to the very evil system of human blood sacrificing and cannibalism under the Mayans, you get a sense that the bad reputation of the Spanish may be a little over-blown… who else was going to put an end to this evil system run amok? God seems to use our imperfections to move the progress of humanity along and it is striking how Christ-centered the Spanish actually were and how important this may have been to the eventual demise of blood sacrificing and cannibalism in Mexico in general. Mel Gibson was too kind in "Apocalypto".
What's more, there are instances of miracles throughout--perhaps the same "invisible hand" often cited by some of the Founders of America(see below), reports of extinct cannibalistic giants and enormous bones seen by the Spanish, enormous buildings of lions, tigers and snakes fed the entrails of human sacrificial victims, and much more… a great read… Cortes also seems like one of the most under-rated leaders to have ever led men in war…
"Benjamin Franklin stood and addressed the Continental Congress with these words: "In the beginning of the contest with Britain, whenwe were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for divine protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor....Have we now forgotten this powerful friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?
I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of man. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"
Something more than an historical document of the first importance...his narrative is so readable that one's interest and admiration are equally divided between the stupendous events he records and the charming revelations of his own character.
–Saturday Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Hardcover:478 pages
- Publisher:Farrar, Straus, and Cudahy (1956)
- Package Dimensions: 3 x 6 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight:8 pounds