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2012 Folge 05

Author : Manfred Weinland
ISBN : 9783838713618
Genre : Fiction
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Am 7. Februar 1517, dem Vorabend seines Aufbruchs ins Unbekannte, erscheint dem Conquistador Francisco Hernández de Córdoba eine übernatürlich wirkende Gestalt: ein Ritter in weißer Rüstung. Er verspricht dem Spanier nichts Geringeres als Unsterblichkeit, wenn er in der Neuen Welt einen nicht ganz einfachen Job für ihn erledigt. Unsterblichkeit? Wer könnte da widerstehen? Hernández de Córdoba ahnt ja nicht, dass sein Lohn mit dem Untergang der gesamten Menschheit einhergehen soll... Der Conquistador von Manfred Weinland
Category: Fiction


Author : S. M. Stirling
ISBN : 1101043938
Genre : Fiction
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“In this luscious alternative universe, sidekicks quote the Lone Ranger and Right inevitably triumphs with panache. What more could adventure-loving readers ask for?”—Publishers Weekly Oakland, 1946. Ex-soldier John Rolfe, newly back from the Pacific, has made a fabulous discovery: A portal to an alternate America where Europeans have never set foot—and the only other humans in sight are a band of very curious Indians. Able to return at will to the modern world, Rolfe summons the only people with whom he is willing to share his discovery: his war buddies. And tells them to bring their families... Los Angeles, twenty-first century. Fish and Game warden Tom Christiansen is involved in the bust of a smuggling operation. What he turns up is something he never anticipated: a photo of authentic Aztec priests decked out in Grateful Dead T-shirts, and a live condor from a gene pool that doesn’t correspond to any known in captivity or the wild. It is a find that will lead him to a woman named Adrienne Rolfe—and a secret that’s been hidden for sixty years…
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Author : Buddy Levy
ISBN : 0553905260
Genre : History
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In an astonishing work of scholarship that reads like an adventure thriller, historian Buddy Levy records the last days of the Aztec empire and the two men at the center of an epic clash of cultures. “I and my companions suffer from a disease of the heart which can be cured only with gold.” —Hernán Cortés It was a moment unique in human history, the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. Only one would survive the encounter. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico with a roughshod crew of adventurers and the intent to expand the Spanish empire. Along the way, this brash and roguish conquistador schemed to convert the native inhabitants to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable—and tragic—aspects of this unforgettable story of conquest. In Tenochtitlán, the famed City of Dreams, Cortés met his Aztec counterpart, Montezuma: king, divinity, ruler of fifteen million people, and commander of the most powerful military machine in the Americas. Yet in less than two years, Cortés defeated the entire Aztec nation in one of the most astonishing military campaigns ever waged. Sometimes outnumbered in battle thousands-to-one, Cortés repeatedly beat seemingly impossible odds. Buddy Levy meticulously researches the mix of cunning, courage, brutality, superstition, and finally disease that enabled Cortés and his men to survive. Conquistador is the story of a lost kingdom—a complex and sophisticated civilization where floating gardens, immense wealth, and reverence for art stood side by side with bloodstained temples and gruesome rites of human sacrifice. It’s the story of Montezuma—proud, spiritual, enigmatic, and doomed to misunderstand the stranger he thought a god. Epic in scope, as entertaining as it is enlightening, Conquistador is history at its most riveting. Praise for Conquistador “Prodigiously researched and stirringly told, Conquistador is a rarity: an invaluable history lesson that also happens to be a page-turning read.”—Jeremy Schaap, bestselling author of Cinderella Man: James J. Braddock, Max Baer and the Greatest Upset in Boxing History, and Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics “Sweeping and majestic . . . A pulse-quickening narrative.”—Neal Bascomb, author of Red Mutiny: Eleven Fateful Days on the Battleship Potemkin
Category: History


Author : Jack Eugene Fernandez
ISBN : 1467811742
Genre : Fiction
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This prequel to Fernandez’s successful Café Con Leche takes the reader back to 1867, on the cold, dark, jagged Cantabrian coast of northern Spain, where young Paco Iglesias dreams of sunny tropical islands. His call to military service thrills him with possibilities. His father, having lost his father and one son in an African campaign, spirits Paco off to the Caribbean. In Cuba Paco’s path to success in sugar cane is strewn with duplicity and treachery from several characters: Uncle Eugenio, the high-living sugar entrepreneur who takes in the young man; Eugenio’s kind and stunningly beautiful wife, Magdalena, who sours the lives of those she loves; the slave Lydia, Magdalena’s mulatta half-sister, who uses Paco; Marta, Paco’s childhood sweetheart, who comes to him blemished. These characters, along with dozens of African slaves, live out their lives on a sugar cane plantation in the asphyxiating atmosphere of slavery. Through this thicket of cane, deceit, and blazing sun, Paco must hack his way.
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Author : Jean Dufaux
ISBN : 9782331017940
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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On ne s’attaque pas impunément au trésor aztèque... Depuis leur débarquement en Amérique, Hernán Cortés et son armée sont considérés comme des divinités par l’empereur aztèque Moctezuma. Cela fait bien longtemps que Cortés œuvre davantage pour son compte que pour la lointaine couronne d’Espagne... Tandis qu’il part à la rencontre d’une expédition punitive montée pour lui rappeler son allégeance, Cortés missionne un groupe hétéroclite, mêlant soldats et mercenaires, afin de voler l’inestimable trésor de Moctezuma. Parmi eux, le loyal soldat Hernando Royo... Le groupe d’aventuriers sera bientôt décimé par une mystérieuse entité qui les poursuit dans la jungle. Créature mythique ou tueurs tout ce qu’il y a de plus humains ? On ne s’attaque pas impunément aux ancestrales et puissantes légendes aztèques... Une saga d’aventure, oppressante et mystique, teintée de fantastique, par les auteurs de Croisades. Sortie du tome 2 en novembre 2012...
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The Conquistador

Author : John Pohl
ISBN : 9781780968162
Genre : History
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Many accounts portray the conquest of the New World as a remarkable military achievement, with Cortés' vastly outnumbered but better armed Spaniards defeating hordes of superstitious savages. However, the reality of these events is far more complex and no less significant. The first Conquistadors who had sailed in search of prosperity, inspired by dreams of unlimited riches, soon became disillusioned and restless. With disease rampant, resources exhausted, and the Caribbean populations dwindling, they had little alternative but to find new territories and peoples to exploit. This title shows how, bolstered by influxes of war-hardened veterans from Europe and an army of over 30,000 allied Indian troops, they came to rely on and perfect what they knew best killing for profit, and without mercy.
Category: History

The Last Conquistador

Author : Marc Simmons
ISBN : 0806123680
Genre : History
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This book chronicles the life and frontier career of Don Juan de Oñate, the first colonizer of the old Spanish Borderlands. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, in the mid-sixteenth century, Don Juan was the prominent son of an aristocratic silver-mining family. In 1598, in his late forties, Oñate led a formidable expedition of settlers, with wagons and livestock, on an epic march northward to the upper Rio Grade Valley of New Mexico. There he established the first European settlement west of the Mississippi, launching a significant chapter in early American history. In his activities he displayed qualities typical of Spain’s sixteenth-century men of action; in his career we find a summation of the motives, aspirations, intentions, strengths, and weaknesses of the Hispanic pioneers who settled the Borderlands.
Category: History