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The Royal Hunt Of The Sun (Millennium Series)

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The Royal Hunt of the Sun recreates the story of Francisco Pizarro's conquest of the Inca empire in Peru, with a group of only 167 men, in 1532. The play is an incisive and visually dazzling exposition of colonization in which cultural and religious clashes, driven by the promise of immense wealth, lead to betrayal, death and destruction. It is also a deeply moving explora ...more
Unknown Binding, 160 pages
Published October 31st 2001 by Unisa Press (first published 1964)
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Stuart Aken
Jan 17, 2013 Stuart Aken rated it it was amazing
This play was first performed at the National Theatre in Chichester on 7th June 1964, when I was a young man of 16. I've never seen a performance, but I wish I had. Bernard Levin described the work as 'The greatest play of our generation', and I can see why, having merely read the text.

This is a piece of fictionalised history with much taken from recorded sources. It reads as true. It reads as a commentary on the utter hypocrisy of the early Catholic Church, the greed of those who would make Emp
Oct 29, 2009 Tori rated it liked it
I read this in the 7th grade,and it was pressed opon us by our teachers.I didn't have a choice reading it,but I didn't mind.It was a playbook,describing when men from Spain went to take gold from the Inca's.While the vocabulary is hard to break through,the action is plentifull enough to keep you hooked.It's like a fun history lesson that is performed.
Jan 24, 2011 jennifer rated it liked it
This play, written in the early 60's, deals with the Spanish conquest of the Incas. Pizarro, De Soto and their army of soldiers and priests travel to Peru in search of gold. They find a culture that has no hunger or sin and plenty of gold. The people are ruled by Atahuallpa, the son of the sun. He is held prisoner by the Spaniards until his people bring all the gold they possess to Pizarro, but over the months Pizarro and the king develop a friendship that threatens the Spanish army.
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Erin Quinney
I'd like to see this production, as envisioned by Shaffer. The stage directions are insanely specific.
Jan 24, 2016 Storyheart rated it really liked it
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Haunting drama about the destruction of the Incan empire.
Anupam Srivastava
Apr 05, 2015 Anupam Srivastava rated it really liked it
Is one of the greatest plays ever. It depicts the conquest of the incas by a handful of Spanish invaders by intimidating, impressing and cheating the trusting Incas. As a work of art, it is incredible and the dialogues stay in your head forever as is the case with me - read and acted in this okay in 1988.
Janet Mitchell
Feb 15, 2013 Janet Mitchell rated it really liked it
I read this play because my husband was in it on broadway with Christopher Plummer. The play addressed the morality of war and taking over small countries. Also greed and deception but mostly I wanted to know more about my husband's experience on Broadway.
Apr 19, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it
It is actually a play but reads really well as a story. Intersting take on a familiar story (Pizarro, The Inca's etc) - how the Spanish conquistador's found it difficult to comprehend a society that seemed to have no rich or poor in material terms.
May 18, 2012 Lili rated it really liked it
I first came accross this as a school text book, and I was captivated, it revealed another world. Read it again recently and although it didn't hold the same fascination I could still see that it is a remarkable book.
Perhaps not the wisest choice for an all-school summer reading. It was not really a hit with students (but what is?), however at least it was somewhat interesting for the teachers.
Oct 13, 2015 Ian rated it did not like it
oh god it's all exposition why won't it stop make it stop
Apr 22, 2013 Alaric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read many many years ago at school and enjoyed.
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Sir Peter Levin Shaffer is an English dramatist, author of numerous award-winning plays, several of which have been filmed.

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