History of the conquest of Peru, with a preliminary view of the civilization of the Incas.

by William Hickling Prescott, 1796-1859

Book, 1851



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F3442.P9202 1851 v.2 SPEC


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An uncontested classic in the literature of Latin American history, and a companion to Prescott's masterly study of Mexico. Continuing the chronicle of Spain's conquest of the New World, it presents a commanding vision of Pizarro's tumultuous overthrow of the Inca Empire. Filled with drama, every page captures the cruelty and pride of the conquistadors.

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LibraryThing member hippietrail
This is the "sequel" to Prescott's History of the Conquest of Mexico, first published a couple of years before "Peru". The style is the same but the story is very different. Now I find myself wondering why nobody's made a movie! One minor complaint is that after reading both books, some of the author's favourite turns of phrase began to ring in my ears like clich├ęs. It is interesting to not both the differences in the way language was used in the time of writing compared to today as well as the difference in the way the world was interpreted by the conquerors compared to the time of writing and then compared again to our present time.… (more)
LibraryThing member NaggedMan
Quite superb piece of writing, very much of its time (early 19th century) and no doubt overtaken in research terms but a true joy to read. Seccombe's introduction also well worth reading but leave it until you have enjoyed the book itself - and the 19th century perspective on this amazing story of the Spanish conquistadores and their doings.… (more)
LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
Prescott and Parkman are the two big American Romantic Historians, and I've read them both. While there are now better books on this topic, Prescott is still a good man for an epigraph, when your chapters require one. It reads well, and my 1942 Everyman's library reprint fit well in my luggage for a trip. The book was published in 1847, nearly the three hundredth anniversary.… (more)

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