From a review...
The Broken Spears is the story of the conquest of Mexico, as told by the conquered: the citizens of Tenochtitlan and Tlatelolco. It's a beautiful book that reads something like an epic, with all the elements of tragedy, comedy and poetry. The passages are taken from different accounts and codices and translated into English.
It starts out with the omens foretelling the coming of the Spaniards and ends with the elegies on the fallen city. There are quite a few illustrations and poems, all of which are beautiful. Some of the accounts read somewhat contradictorily, but I suppose that is to be expected, as most of these accounts were probably recorded orally.
If you are at all interested in the history of the Aztecs, Mexico or Cortes, this book is a must read.
The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico by Leon-Portilla
- Publisher: Beacon Pr (January 1962)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807054992
- ISBN-13: 978-0807054994