The new world of Martín Cortés /
Anna Lanyon.
1st Da Capo Press ed.
Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2004, c2003.
xiii, 272 p.
0306813645 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2004, c2003.
0306813645 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Originally published: Crows Nest, Australia : Allen & Unwin, 2003.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2004-05-17:
In this well-researched and attractive exploration of the life of the "first mestizo," or "the first `Mexican,' " Australian writer Lanyon (Malinche's Conquest) tells the dramatic tale of Martin Cortes, the son of Hernan Cortes and the Amerindian woman Malinche, from his birth in 1522 in Tenochtitlan-Mexico City to his death less than five decades later near Granada. The story traces his passage to Spain as a six-year-old, long years of royal service under Charles V and the disastrous return to Mexico, where-accused of conspiracy against the Crown-Martin confronts imprisonment and brutal torture. Lanyon effectively interweaves historical reconstruction with personal narrative, crossing the divide between traveler and scholar in order to evoke the human immediacy of history. Lanyon is always receptive to the unsolicited clue and the unexpected sight connecting her, and us, to Martin's multiple new worlds. Waiting for a train in Madrid, Lanyon observes the immigrant faces: the "people of empire" who have crossed the Atlantic to stake their own modest claims on Spain. Lanyon avoids romanticizing the victims of conquest, but is acutely aware of the suffering of the indigenous peoples, and her fleeting analogies with the trauma of the Australian aborigines are illuminating. There are a few mistakes in her references to Spain before Empire, yet this remains a deeply likable book with significance beyond its immediate subject. Illus., maps. (July 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-07-01:
Lanyon (Malinche's Conquest) follows up her book about the Amerindian wife of Hernan Cortes, conqueror of the Aztecs, with this tale of Cortes's illegitimate first son, Martin Cortes, now remembered as the first mestizo and hence emblematic of Mexico's dual heritage. Drawing on obscure documents over 450 years old, Lanyon's exemplary archaeological history assembles the diverse pieces of Martin's story, from his unheralded birth through his removal as an infant to be raised in Cuba by paternal relatives; return at age six to Spain with his father to serve as a page to the Spanish prince; war service for Spain in his twenties in Germany, France, and Algeria; ill-fated return to Mexico; and torture and ultimate banishment to Tepoztlan, where he died in obscurity. Lanyon also makes sense of the complex, confusing archives that concern Cortes's half-brother, also named Martin Cortes. She captures the reader's imagination as she describes her travels to the relevant sites, producing a marvelous tale that is at once heartbreaking, breathtaking, and fascinating while also grounded in impressive historical research. Highly recommended for all academic history collections.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Mapsp. xiv
Conquistador's Sonp. 1
Thou Art an Ocelotp. 3
Spainp. 15
Santiagop. 37
War is Thy Destinyp. 68
Circles of Confusionp. 85
City of Illusionp. 119
Mexicop. 121
Rebellionp. 148
Water and Ropep. 180
Thy Home is Not Herep. 204
Exilep. 223
Granadap. 225
Tepoztlanp. 239
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 269
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