Bernal Diaz


The Conquest of New Spain


This is a summary of a Much Fuller Review


Incredible story of how a relatively disorganised bunch of gold hungry Spaniards on the edge of the empire and with nothing to lose managed to successfully invade a country with great wealth, an established dynasty, and vastly greater military strength. Poorly written, in as much as Diaz blandly reports some amazing events and characters, but the content is enough to get you through (even if it takes a few sittings).


Also raises the perplexing issue of how far they were actually doing work that extended Godís kingdom, despite their greed. They threw down idols and brought knowledge of Christ. They did some other things too...


April 2002