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Hernan Cortes's Cartas de Relacion, written over a seven-year period to Charles V of Spain, provide an extraordinary narrative account of the conquest of Mexico from the founding of the coastal town of Veracruz until Cortes's journey to Honduras in 1525. Pagden's English translation has been prepared from a close examination of the earliest surviving manuscript and of the first printed editions, and he also provides a new introduction offering a bold and innovative interpretation of the nature of the conquest and Cortes's involvement in it. J. H. Elliot's introductory essay explains Cortes's conflicts with the Crown and with Diego Velazquez, the governor of Cuba. "The definitive edition [of the letters] in any language...The book is a 'must' for all those who are seriously interested in this traumatic clash of civilizations and the consequences, both for good and ill, which ensued."--C. R. Boxer, English Historical Review "One of the most fascinating Machiavellian documents to come out of the Renaissance."--Carlos Fuentes, Guardian "[Pagden] provides us with two important innovations: the first reliable edition of the most important Spanish text ...and annotations that draw on Pagden's own profound knowledge of Mesoamerican cultures. "--Helen Nader, Sixteenth Century Journal

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300090949
ISBN-10: 0300090943
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 127mm x 44mm)
Pages: 640
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hernan Cortes

Anthony Pagden is Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University. J. H. Elliott is Regius Professor Emeritus of Modern History, University of Oxford.

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