When Montezuma Met Cortes: The True Story Of The Meeting That Changed History
- Global History, Society & Culture, European History
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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 conquest of the Americas—has long been the symbol of Cortés’s bold military genius, and of Montezuma’s relinquishing of a vast empire.
But is this really what happened? When Montezuma Met Cortés uses “the Meeting” as the entry point into a comprehensive reevaluation. Drawing on rare primary sources and overlooked accounts by conquistadors and Aztecs alike, Matthew Restall leads us, step by step, to a dramatic inversion of the old story.
Restall’s account of this pivotal moment radically overturns the conventional history of the Americas.
“Matthew Restall illuminates every topic he touches. His new book is the best study ever—the subtlest, most sensitive, most challenging, and best-informed—on the conquest of Mexico.”— Felipe Fernández-Armesto, author of Columbus and Amerigo
“In When Montezuma Met Cortés, Matthew Restall uses deep archival research to completely upend our understanding of the Spanish Conquest and build up a new, startlingly persuasive picture of what actually happened in this encounter that changed the world. And all of it is based on an unfortunately radical question: What if the tough, canny leaders of these native military empires didn’t suddenly fold up like wet cardboard at the arrival of a couple of hundred bearded oddities from some faraway place?”—Charles Mann, author of 1491
“Of all the events that gave birth to the modern Americas, none looms larger than the meeting between Montezuma and Cortés, a moment that for five hundred years has inspired countless works of history, poetry, drama, music, art, and film. In a deeply learned history that reads like a detective story, Matthew Restall reveals the Gordian knot of myth and fiction that have long hidden the real history of that encounter and its many legacies. As he unravels the tangle thread by thread, he uncovers a new story in which the famed “meeting” was actually a capturing of Cortés by Montezuma, and the war that followed was far longer, bloodier, and more prodigious than any have imagined. The history of the Americas will never be the same.”—Louis S. Warren, author of God’s Red Son: The Ghost Dance Religion and the Making of Modern America
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|Release Date:||January 30, 2018|