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This manuscript was found (said Wallace in his Introduction, which was fiction of a cloth with the novel to follow) among a heap of old dispatches from the Viceroy Mendoza to the Emperor. It must have been to give him a completer idea of the Aztecan people and their civilization, or to lighten the burdens of royalty by an amusement to which, it is known, Charles V. was not ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1873)
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Jaime Contreras
I read this about four years ago after finding it in a resale bookstore. Although it is historical fiction, Lew Wallace writes a very credible account of the fall of the Aztec Empire. The account is penned by the fictional Viceroy Mendoza to the Emperor. The main character tells of his respect for the Aztec people and their civilization but questions why they have been delivered to the Spanish. We read of the attitude of Charles V. who wanted gold and tribute to strengthen his military and enric ...more
In the nineteenth century, many authors sought to craft an "American epic" from the stories passed on to them about Monteczuma, Hernán Cortés, and the Spanish Conquest of Mexico. Lew Wallace's account reads rather like the American Le Morte Darthur, with Guatimozin/Cuauhtemoc in the role of the once and future king. On one hand, the book is intricate, and its 600 pages read more like 6,000. On the other hand, the author's apparent inability to side with either the indigenous or the European grou ...more
I loved this book. The perfect amount of romance, religion, and adventure!
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Lewis "Lew" Wallace was a lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, American statesman, and author, best remembered for his historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

From Civil War Biography:

Although he would have much preferred to be remembered as a highly successful military hero, Lew Wallace has been thwarted in this ambition and is best known as an author. Born in Indian
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