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PRESCOTT, W.H.: History of the Conquest of Mexico (Abridged)

    

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PRESCOTT, W.H.: History of the Conquest of Mexico (Abridged)

In 1519, Hernando Cortés arrived in Mexico to investigate stories of a wealthy empire. What he encountered was beyond his wildest dreams—an advanced civilisation with complex artistic, political and religious systems (involving extensive human sacrifice) and replete with gold. This was the Aztec empire, headed by the aloof emperor, Montezuma. With just a handful of men, Cortés achieved the impossible, crushing the Aztecs and their allies, and effectively annexing the whole territory for Spain. One of the most extraordinary stories of conquest in mankind’s history, it is told here in the classic account by the American historian W.H. Prescott.



Disc 1

  View of the Aztec Civilization
1.   Introduction 00:05:42
2.   Succession To The Crown 00:04:39
3.   Mexican Mythology The Sacerdotal Order - The Temples - Human Sacrifices 00:13:07
4.   Mexican Hieroglyphics - Manuscripts - Chronology 00:03:13
5.   Aztec Agriculture - The Mechanical Arts - Merchants - Domestic Manners 00:04:25
6.   The Tezcucans - Their Golden Age - Decline Of Their Monarchy 00:00:53
  Discovery of Mexico
7.   Spain Under Charles V - Progress Of Discovery - Colonial Policy - Conquest Of Cuba .. 00:07:14
8.   Hernando Cortes - His Early Life - Visits The New World - His Residence in Cuba - Difficulties ... 00:05:19
9.   Jealousy Of Velasquez - Cortes Embarks - Equipment Of His Fleet - His Person And Character .. 00:03:55
10.   Voyage To Cozumel - Conversion Of The Natives 00:03:14
11.   Voyage Along The Coast - Dona Marina - Spaniards Land in Mexico - Interview With The Aztecs 00:06:19
12.   Account Of Montezuma - State Of His Empire - Strange Prognostics - Embassy And Presents.. 00:07:01
13.   Troubles in the Camp - Plan For A Colony - Management of Cortes - March to Cempoalla ... 00:05:36
14.   Another Aztec Embassy - Destruction Of Idols - Despatches Sent To Spain - The Fleet Sunk 00:07:26


Disc 2

  March of Mexico
1.   Proceedings At Cempoalla - The Spaniards Climb The Tableland - Transactions With The Natives... 00:04:24
2.   Republic Of Tlascala - The Discussions In The Senate - Desperate Battles 00:06:49
3.   Decisive Victory - Indian Council - Night Attack - Negotiations With The Enemy 00:04:50
4.   Tlascalan Spies - Peace With The Republic - Embassy From Montezuma 00:02:53
5.   Spaniards Enter Tlascala - A Description Of The Capital - Attempted Conversion - Aztec Embassy... 00:03:28
6.   City Of Cholula - March To Cholula - Reception Accorded The Spaniards - Conspiracy Detected 00:05:18
7.   Terrible Massacre - Tranquillity Restored - Envoys From Montezuma 00:03:44
8.   March Resumed - Valley Of Mexico - Impression On The Spaniards - Conduct Of Montezuma... 00:06:28
9.   Environs Of Mexico - Interview With Montezuma - Entrance Into The Capital - Hospitable Reception... 00:09:19
  Residence in Mexico
10.   Residence in Mexico 00:01:10
11.   Great Temple - Interior Sanctuaries - Spanish Quarters 00:06:40
12.   Anxiety Of Cortes - Seizure Of Montezuma - His Treatment By the Spaniards - Execution Of ... 00:10:39
13.   Montezuma's Deportment - His Life In The Spanish Quarters - Meditated Insurrection ... . 00:03:12
14.   Montezuma Swears Allegiance To Spain - Royal Treasures - Their Division - Christian Worship ... 00:09:00


Disc 3

  Residence in Mexico
1.   Proceedings In The Castilian Court - Preparations Of Velasquez - Narvaez Lands In Mexico ... 00:07:15
2.   Cortes Descends From The Tableland - Negotiates With Narvaez - Prepares To Assault Him .. 00:08:29
3.   Discontent Of The Troops - Insurrection In The Capital - Return Of Cortes - General Signs ... . 00:09:25
  Expulsion from Mexico
4.   Desperate Assault On The Quarters - Fury Of The Mexicans - Sally Of The Spaniards - Montezuma 00:09:56
5.   Stroming Of The Great Temple - Spirit Of The Aztecs - Distresses Of The Garrison - Sharp ... 00:10:31
6.   Council Of War - Spaniards Evacuate The City - Noche Triste, Or 'The Melancholy Night... 00:10:23
7.   The Spaniards Retreat - Distresses Of The Army - Great Battle Of Otompan 00:06:47


Disc 4

  Expulsion from Mexico
1.   Arrival In Tlascala - Friendly Reception - Discontents Of The Army - Jealousy Of The Tlascalans... 00:05:08
2.   War With The Surrounding Tribes - Successes Of The Spaniards 00:05:27
3.   Guatemozin, New Emperor Of The Aztecs - Preparations For The March - Spaniards Cross The Sierra... 00:06:52
  Siege and Surrender of Mexico
4.   Arrangements At Tezcuco - Sack Of Iztapalapan - Advantages Of The Spaniards - Wise Policy Of... 00:06:08
5.   Cortes Reconnoitres The Capital - Occupies Tacuba - Skirmishes With The Enemy - Arrial ... . 00:04:00
6.   Second Reconnoitring Expedition - The Capture Of Cuernavaca - Battles At Xochimilco - Narrow ... 00:09:00
7.   Brigantines Launched - Muster Of Forces - Execution Of Xicotencatl - March Of The Army 00:05:03
8.   Indian Flotilla Defeated - The Causeways Occupied - Desperate Assaults - Firing Of The Palaces... 00:08:04
9.   General Assault On The City - Defeat Of The Spaniards - Their Disastrous Condition - Defection Of .. 00:05:27
10.   Success Of The Spaniards - Buildings Razed To The Ground - Terrible Famine 00:05:36
11.   Dreadful Sufferings Of The Besieged - Spirit Of Guatemozin - Murderous Assault - Capture Of .. 00:07:44
12.   Postscript 00:01:40

Total Playing Time: 04:48:52






Author(s):
Prescott, William Hickling

Reader(s):
Shale, Kerry

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: History

Catalogue No: NA428212

Barcode: 9789626342824

Physical Release: 10/2002

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