The New World Of Martin Cortes by Anna Lanyon

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As the once-great Aztec empire lay in ruins, an illegitimate child was born to its conqueror, Hernan Cortes. The product of a union between the famous conquistador and his Mayan slave woman and translator, Malinche, the child was named Martin Cortes—remembered today by Mexicans as the first mestizo, emblematic of Mexico’s origins.In The New World of Martin Cortes, Anna Lanyon takes us on a journey of historical discovery, vividly evoking those extraordinary times when two empires—Spain and Mexico—collided. This is a tale of intrigue and identity, exploring Martin Cortes’s relations with his famous father, his half-brother of the same father and name (Cortes also named his second, legitimate son, Martin), his mother’s indigenous people; and his father’s noble peers. As Lanyon unearths the life and times of Martin Cortes, we learn something about the processes of history and legend as well, and the nature of the human spirit caught between two worlds.

About Anna Lanyon

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Anna Lanyon teaches and translates Spanish. She is the author of Malinche's Conquest, which won the New South Wales Premiere History Prize for historical writing. She lives in Australia.
Published June 15, 2005 by Da Capo Press. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Later, Martin returned to Mexico with his brothers (including the other Martin) and watched this other Martin steadily sink into a dissipation that not only ruined his reputation but made him vulnerable to accusations of treason that resulted in the executions of his friends (grisly moments well-...

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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 Martín Cortés, the son of Hernán Cortés and the Amerindian woman Malinche, from his birth in 1522 in Tenoch...

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The Wargamer

"The author Anna Lanyon is an Australian academic who specialises in Latin America history.

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