Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico

Conquest Montezuma Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico Drawing on newly discovered sources and writing with brilliance drama and profound historical insight Hugh Thomas presents an engrossing narrative of one of the most significant events of Western h

  • Title: Conquest: Montezuma, Cortes and the Fall of Old Mexico
  • Author: Hugh Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780671511043
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Drawing on newly discovered sources and writing with brilliance, drama, and profound historical insight, Hugh Thomas presents an engrossing narrative of one of the most significant events of Western history.Ringing with the fury of two great empires locked in an epic battle, Conquest captures in extraordinary detail the Mexican and Spanish civilizations and offers unprecedDrawing on newly discovered sources and writing with brilliance, drama, and profound historical insight, Hugh Thomas presents an engrossing narrative of one of the most significant events of Western history.Ringing with the fury of two great empires locked in an epic battle, Conquest captures in extraordinary detail the Mexican and Spanish civilizations and offers unprecedented in depth portraits of the legendary opponents, Montezuma and Cort s Conquest is an essential work of history from one of our most gifted historians.

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  • Hugh Thomas

    Librarian s note There is than one author in the database with this name.Hugh Swynnerton Thomas, Baron Thomas of Swynnerton, was a British historian and Hispanist.Thomas was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset before taking a BA in 1953 at Queens College, Cambridge He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris His 1961 book The Spanish Civil War won the Somerset Maugham Award for 1962 A significantly revised and enlarged third edition was published in 1977 Cuba, or the Pursuit of Freedom 1971 is a book of over 1,500 pages tracing the history of Cuba from Spanish colonial rule until the Cuban Revolution Thomas spent 10 years researching the contents of his book.Thomas was married to the former Vanessa Jebb, daughter of the first Acting United Nations Secretary General Gladwyn Jebb.From 1966 to 1975 Thomas was Professor of History at the University of Reading He was Director of the Centre for Policy Studies in London from 1979 to 1991, as an ally of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher He became a life peer as Baron Thomas of Swynnerton, of Notting Hill in Greater London in letters patent dated 16 June 1981 He has written pro European political works, as well as histories He is also the author of three novels.Thomas s The Slave Trade The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1440 1870 begins with the first Portuguese slaving expeditions, before Columbus s voyage to the New World, and ends with the last gasp of the slave trade, long since made illegal elsewhere, in Cuba and Brazil, twenty five years after the American Emancipation Proclamation, according to the summary on the book jacket.Thomas should not be confused with two other historical writers W Hugh Thomas writes about Nazi Germany and Hugh M Thomas is an American who writes on English history.


  • This is one of those books I'd seen on the shelves of my library and bookstore for years. The thickness of the book was the most intimidating factor which prevented me from ever picking it up. Its really silly to admit this, but the girth and title of the book reminded me of those dull volumns proped up in a dusty scholar's office.The kind of book you pick up to enduce yawning.Nothing could be further from the truth. I lost count of the nights I lost sleep because I could not put the book down t [...]

  • This is a solid, well-documented and researched book about a topic that is intriguing and something I had always been interested in reading. The writing is a little 'old' and the english grammar can throw you off if you aren't used to it. I loved the clarity of the history and the way the author goes through the motion to explain what happened, how it happened and as many motives as possible behind the decisions of the Spanish and the Mexica. Anyone interested in the discovery of new civilizatio [...]

  • From watching The Hunt for Red October I knew that Cortez burned his ships when he got to the new world. And since they speak Spanish in Mexico, I figured the Spanish won out in the end. But I was a little short on the details. I read this book to try and learn what happened. And I did!As far as narrative histories goes, this one is pretty impressive. The first 100 pages or so introduce the Aztec and Spanish civilizations as the existed before they discovered one another. And then it's off to th [...]

  • Since the age of 12 I've devoured whatever I could about the Mayans & Aztecs. Naturally this included fantastic tale of Cortes & his conquest of Mexico. From Bernal Diaz' eyewitness account to Prescott's classic 19th century tome it was a story well worth revisiting. But was there anything really new to learn? The cover of this book said there was. The research of this book, including newly discovered documents, is simply awesome. The Shakespearean like drama of the fall of the Mexica (T [...]

  • Fascinating history of the destruction (or more accurately sharp decline)of the Aztec culture brought on by Cortes' invasion. Fortunately the book depicts all persons involved (whether Aztecs, Spanish or Tlaxcalian)as fully human, with both good and bad attributes. The book just as powerfully depicts the beauty that was lost with the downfall of the Aztecs. I absolutely loved this book--one of my favorite history books ever. To be honest though, the book is very long and loses its compass (and i [...]

  • Encore un livre majeur de ce grand historien. Hugh Thomas decrit avec précision et objectivité l extrordinaire aventure de Cortes. Puisant directement aux sources, il reussit à nous donner à la fois le point de vue des vainqueurs espagnols - en particulier le cynisme mais aussi la vision stratégique du Caudillo, et celui des vaincus mexicains dont la fascinante civilisation - et les traces qu elle laissat dans la reorganisation et la culture de la Nouvelle Espagne- sont longuement rappelée [...]

  • Exceptional. Easily one of the greatest accounts of the conquest of old Mexico ever written. Not only are there newly discovered sources shining an unexpected light on centuries-old accounts, not only does the author display a finely tuned sensitivity towards both the bias of past historians and the massive cultural gulf between the Mexica and the Castilians, but the author is also a damn fine writer. This book is a riveting tale, a page-turner. Hugh Thomas has done humanity a great justice here [...]

  • Hugh Thomas captures the riveting story of Cortes and Montezuma, the fall of the Mexica, and the birth of a new nation, with elegant prose and fine historical judgment. This was my second reading of this book, a minor masterpiece sorry to hear that Mr. Thomas, a life peer in Lords and former Thatcher advisor, recently passed. I am encouraged to look at the rest of his works.

  • What an amazing voyage this book took you on. It may take a little while to pick up, but when Cortes steps foot in Mexico the story just consumes you to the point where you just can't put the book down. Cortes has to be one of the most interesting characters in history. Whether you want to call him a monster, manipulator, genius, or Hero, there is no denying that he had an enormous impact in the shaping of the modern world. Even more, This is an amazing book for insight into how the Empire of th [...]

  • Fascinating, if overly wordy account of Hernan Cortes' 'conquest' of Tenochtitlan and the empire of the Mexica. I love this kind of stuff. I took a class on Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures in college for fun. The idea of entering a strange land full of strange plants and animals and people and customs fascinates me. Unfortunately the conquistadors in this story weren't so much interested in documentation and anthropology as they were in collecting as much loot as possible (and converting eve [...]

  • Conquest is a gigantic book about Montezuma, Cortes and the fall of old Mexico, as it states in the title. This book is huge and detailed; it's over 1000 pages long with tiny writing, and the footnotes/appendix make up another couple hundred pages, and then there's references, tables, diagrams, etc.In terms of world history, the grand tale of Cortes is probably my favourite. The mischief, the swashbuckling adventures, the clash of these civilisations, these two men are incredible heroes; men of [...]

  • **Spanish review**Este libro de casi 900 páginas es uno de esos que lees a lo largo de la vida y no se te olvida nunca la experiencia. La forma de contar esta aventura, si se puede definir todo lo que ocurre aquí en una palabra, es insuperable. Permanecemos a lo largo de todo el libro muy, muy cerca de Cortés, el alma y el corazón de toda la empresa; le seguimos los movimientos y hasta los pensamientos, las motivaciones, las vacilaciones. El autor no pierde el tiempo con teorías ni valoraci [...]

  • The Conquest of Mexico was a historical event and also a book I have been reading, handily enough I recommend the book as a way into a fascinating subject. Here be the review.Don’t let the huge number of pages(848) put you off, this is a very readable and thoroughly researched account of the events leading upto the conquest and the inevitability of the action of conquest. But first to the beginning. Parts 1 and 2 of the book involve the backgrounds of the two civilizations. For the Mexica(Azte [...]

  • Wow! Really impressive work of scholarship. This account of the conquest of Mexico is so well-detailed and so well-researched! It gives us a firm grasp of the widely divergent characters who had both starring and supporting roles in this tragedy. It also puts things in perspective very well, dispelling a lot of stereotypes about conquest of the Americas. For instance, it is interesting to note that when Cuban governor Diego Velazquez appointed Cortes to go to the Mexican coast, Cortes very braze [...]

  • Long, exhaustively detailed and written by a well-established Hispanist scholar, I picked this one up because I wanted a comprehensive yet approachable take on a subject I'm not overly familiar with. By and large the book delivers on that premise; it takes its time setting the scene by describing both the Aztec (or more appropriately, the Mexican) and Spanish societies prior to contact, with an emphasis on the settler societies in the West Indies in the case of the latter. It then tells the stor [...]

  • Turgid! Obtuse! Better than two whiskies and valerian. (Eh, too soon to tell? Naw, couldn't be)This is an acclaimed history? I'm on my second attempt. If nothing else, I *do* need the sleep aid these days. Here's hoping either it gets better or I wake up more refreshed. I'd take either outcome.But seriously, folks, there's a reason my 9th-grade English teacher wouldn't let me get away with parentheticals like this:"These allies helped to guarantee a mutually advantageous lacustrine economy of fi [...]

  • This is as complete a telling of Spanish conquest of the Caribbean islands and Mexico as I have ever read, with a heavy emphasis on Cortes and those around him and a lesser emphasis on Montezuma, the Mexica, their allies, vassals and enemies. I will say, as a lay person, this actually may have been too much detail, as there were definitely times while reading where I felt bogged down minutiae.That said, if you are in fact interested in the subject, I highly recommend. Both Cortes and Montezuma a [...]

  • Thomas’ book is a blow by blow, day by day account of the fall of the Aztec Empire. The author has thoroughly researched every detail on both the Spanish and Mexican side of the conflict. Apparently it took Hernan Cortes two years and about 2,000 dead Spaniards to defeat the Aztecs. Cortes' complicated era of the 1520's saw the election of Charles V to the Spanish Empire, Martin Luther challenging the Catholic Church at the Cathedral of Worms, and Magellan's expedition had just circumnavigated [...]

  • difficult to imagine, among the first forays into mexico, cortes skirmished with the maya (who dominated the yucatan)and avoided their warfare (the maya were really only defeated in the 1800's, believe it or not), and entered central america at veracruz and conquered regional city-states through kindness and intimidation until he had amassed a force of locals willing to be lead against mighty tenochtitlan and montezuma, the central power of mexico. with 80 men on horseback, he entered the great [...]

  • Une approche presque romanesque de la conquête du Mexique par Cortes qui donne un aperçu aussi bien des conquérants que des vaincus. C'est très dense et est à la croisée du roman et du livre d'histoire. Réellement passionnant, Hugh Thomas offre une vision saisissante de cette incroyable épopée destructrice. Il multiplie les points de vue et replace la situation dans son contexte européen et américain. La synthèse des différents témoignages directs en font une œuvre vivante avec to [...]

  • The incredible clash of Old and New World cultures that set the template for what was to come for America’s indigenous people. Cortes, as brave as he was ruthless, overwhelmed a much, much stronger force, whose foundations of myth and ritual made them vulnerable. The Mexican society was in many ways as advanced as the Spanish Conquistadors. Hugh Thomas does a heroic job of bring to life events and nuances in this account of the 1519 military/cultural incursion and ultimate conquest of old Mexi [...]

  • As an archaeologist and a history nerd, this is the best of both worlds. This book is meticulously researched and excellently scripted. Rather than take the predominantly fashionable position that the Spaniards were evil and the Aztecs were peaceful victims, Thomas lays out a much more complex and appealing story with layer upon layer of personal intrigue and political maneuvering. I have read this book twice and have found it to be engaging both times.Love it.

  • The overall story is fascinating and tragic, but the narrative gets lost in too many details about too many minor characters and too many minor events. He also enjoys making references to obscure historical events. The writing style was also on the cumbersome side. I think this author sets the record for using the most commas per sentence.

  • Wow. There was a lot more to this chapter of history than I had ever realized. All of the contextual information on both the Mexica and the Spanish led to a greater understanding of the opposing forces. The background on Cortes was especially enlightening. it's much clearer why he was so determined to conquer Tenochtitlan.

  • At first consideration, the mere girth of this book is daunting. Opened, though, it is an amazing glance into a civilization snuffed out in its prime. It's got it all - - descriptions of the land, the Aztecs, the governing systems of the Mexica, battles, blood, gold and, of course, Cortez the conquerer. Recommended for history buffs with time to burn.

  • Interminable account overstuffed with unreadable people and place names but short on maps and pictures seems to take as long to read as it took Cortes to conquer. The weighty writing never conveys the majesty and mystery of the historical events described.Still the author's conclusion of Cortes's audacity is well-proven.

  • I liked some of the detail that I gleaned from the book, but at a lot of points the detail really bogged me down. Plus I really needed more maps showing who went where how. The sections that set up the mental state of both the Spaniards and the Mexica were very good, so that saved the book for me from being a totally dry volume.

  • This was a fantastic tour-de-force, a book covering, with some delicacy, the destruction of an entire nation. The book itself is large, with significant depth, but all I remember of reading it was the joy, how quick a read it was. This is historic storytelling at its highest point, its most erudite.

  • Detailed, but dry.This is a history book written by a historian. It deals with one of the most stunning adventures ever experienced. It does this in the very matter of fact third person narration of a historian. Granted Hugh grant is an historian, it is what should be expected.

  • A classic account of Cortes in Mexico and the destruction of the Mexica--- the Aztec empire. History on a grand scale, with characters on all sides of the Conquest presented with sympathy and a coolly searching eye.

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