"This unique document, which provides a rare indigenous vision of the Spanish conquest of Peru and its aftermath, is now available in English thanks to the scholarly work of Ralph Bauer. . . . Bauer's scholarship, and his mastery of the topic, is reflected in the fine translation as well as in the extensive introduction and substantial set of footnotes. The translation is not only highly accurate, but also modernized in a way that will make the account easily accessible to specialists, students of Latin American history, as well as the general public interested in the Incas. The introduction provides information on the specific social conditions under which the document was written and insights into the historical personages mentioned in the text. . . . The value of the publication is further increased with the addition of a glossary, a well-developed index, and an appealing overall book design. This publication is a pleasure to the eye as well as to the mind."
Journal of Anthropological Research
"Bauer's annotated translation of the account provided by Titu Cusi (1538-1570) to defend his claim to royal Inca descent and to justify his opposition to the Spanish invaders makes available for the first time in English a full-length and highly accessible version of this important document. The account will help students and teachers of Latin American history and historians in general better understand the complex and incomplete process of the Spanish Conquest in Peru. Titu Cusi's text and Bauer's ample introduction confront readers with the significant divisions, competing factions, and surprising alliances that appeared among both Inca nobles and Spanish invaders as they battled for power and wealth in the Andes."
"This translation, available for the first time in its entirety, takes a critical look at how the Incan society challenged the Spanish conquest."
Colorado Endowment for the Humanities 2005 Publication Prize Committee
About the Author
Ralph Bauer is an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and the author of The Cultural Geography of Colonial American Literatures.