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Author Restall, Matthew, 1964- author.

Title When Montezuma met Cortés : the true story of the meeting that changed history / Matthew Restall.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018]


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Edition First edition.
Description xxxiii, 526 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps, genealogical table ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 469-508) and index.
Contents Prologue : Invention -- Mysterious kindness -- No small amazement -- Social grace and monstrous ritual -- The empire in his hands -- The greatest enterprises -- Principal plunderers -- The epic boxer -- Without mercy or purpose -- Epilogue : Halls of the Montezumas -- Appendix : Language and label, cast and dynasty.
Summary "On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, at the entrance to the capital city of Tenochtitlan. This introduction--the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas--has long been the symbol of Cortés'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 Cortés uses "the Meeting"--As Restall dubs their first encounter--as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation of both Cortés and Montezuma. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Restall explores Cortés's and Montezuma's posthumous reputations, their achievements and failures, and the worlds in which they lived--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."--Jacket.
Subject Montezuma II, Emperor of Mexico, approximately 1480-1520.
Cortés, Hernán, 1485-1547.
Cortés, Hernán, 1485-1547. (OCoLC)fst00062327
Montezuma II, Emperor of Mexico, approximately 1480-1520. (OCoLC)fst01835703
Conquest of Mexico (1519-1540) (OCoLC)fst01352532
Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540.
Imperialism -- History.
Mexico -- History -- Conquest, 1519-1540.
Imperialism. (OCoLC)fst00968126
Mexico. (OCoLC)fst01211700
Chronological Term 1519-1540
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780062427267 (hardcover)
0062427261 (hardcover)
9780062427274 (paperback)
006242727X (paperback)
Standard No. 40027901713

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