Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs.
renowned historian Buddy Levy recalls the closing days of the Aztec empire and the two individuals at the center of an epic battle of cultures perhaps unsurpassed to this day in an astounding work of scholarship that reads like an edge-of-your-seat adventure thriller.
The face-to-face meeting of two men from civilizations on opposite sides of the globe was a once-in-a-lifetime event in human history. Hernán Cortés came on the coasts of Mexico in 1519, intent on not only expanding the Spanish kingdom but also converting the locals to Catholicism and stealing a wealth in gold. One of the most astounding and tragic parts of this vivid story is that he saw no contradiction in carrying out his aims by nearly annihilating a proud and successful native people. Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma, at Tenochtitlán: monarch, divinity, commander of the world’s most formidable military machine, and lord of a city that rivaled anything in Europe. In one of the most incredible battles ever fought, Cortés conquered the whole Aztec nation in less than two years. Conquistador is history at its most fascinating, telling the story of a lost nation, a ruthless invader, and a doomed warrior.