The fifth centenary of the Spanish invasion of what is now central Mexico in 1519 and the subsequent fall of Tenochtitlan to the allied forces has been the trigger for many scholarly works focusing on what has come to be known as “the Conquest of Mexico.” Stefan Rinke's book is a laudable addition to the bookshelf. This contribution is a translation of his work Conquistadoren und Azteken: Cortés und die Eroberung Mexikos, published in Munich in 2019 and translated here by Christopher Reid. This is a work of synthesis, drawing on the primary literature of the period, such as Hernando Cortés's letters, Bernal Díaz, Indigenous accounts of the encounter, and the writings of other participants, as well as from the extensive secondary literature that has developed in the ensuing centuries.

The book is organized strictly chronologically, beginning with the Spanish expeditions to the New World leading to exploration in...

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