Religious Aspects of the Conquest of Mexico
Publisher: Duke University Press
Place: Durham, NC
xv+344p with one plate, appendix, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Foreword by Isaac Joslin Cox. 1st edition
Conquest has its spiritual no less than its material aspects. With the latter, in so far as they affect Mexico, Prescott and his successors have made us reasonably familiar; but no corresponding narrative presents in detail the ecclesiastical penetration of Mexico, or attempts to measure the process in spiritual and social grain. Professor Braden bridges this gap for the sixteenth century in an account that is at once illuminating and convincing. Cortes to him becomes more than a mere conqueror; he is the forceful agent of a new faith, seeking outward signs of conversion as well as the submission and insisting upon religious conformity both in his own ranks and among the masses of new converts. The doughty warrior with due humility welcomes the humble Franciscans and other religious, who soon arrive to second his efforts, and furthers their stupendous task at the same zeal that displayed in material accomplishments. Under Mr Braden’s treatment the leading conquistador becomes more than a daring ruffian wholly intent upon extorting from hapless captives the secret of hidden treasure or an undue share of personal service; he is the devout promoter of Mexico’s evangelization.
Pages uncut. Jacket soiled, corners, edges and spine extremties chipped, front wrapper damp stained, 1/2" chips at spine head, spine sunned.A very good to fine copy in a better than good jacket.
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