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Royal Commentaries of the Incas and General History of Peru, Parts One and Two Kindle Edition
The two-part classic history of the Incan empire’s origin and growth, as well as their demise following the arrival of the Spaniards.
Garcilaso de la Vega, the first native of the New World to attain importance as a writer in the Old, was born in Cuzco in 1539, the illegitimate son of a Spanish cavalier and an Inca princess. Although he was educated as a gentleman of Spain and won an important place in Spanish letters, Garcilaso was fiercely proud of his Indian ancestry and wrote under the name EI Inca.
Royal Commentaries of the Incas is the account of the origin, growth, and destruction of the Inca empire, from its legendary birth until the death in 1572 of its last independent ruler. For the material in Part One of Royal Commentaries—the history of the Inca civilization prior to the arrival of the Spaniards—Garcilaso drew upon “what I often heard as a child from the lips of my mother and her brothers and uncles and other elders . . . [of] the origin of the Inca kings, their greatness, the grandeur of their empire, their deeds and conquests, their government in peace and war, and the laws they ordained so greatly to the advantage of their vassals.”
The conventionalized and formal history of an oral tradition, Royal Commentaries describes the gradual imposition of order and civilization upon a primitive and barbaric world. To this Garcilaso adds facts about the geography and the flora and fauna of the land; the folk practices, religion, and superstitions; the agricultural and the architectural and engineering achievements of the people; and a variety of other information drawn from his rich store of traditional knowledge, personal observation, or speculative philosophy.Important though it is as history, Garcilaso’s classic is much more: it is also a work of art. Its gracious and graceful style, skillfully translated by Harold V. Livermore, succeeds in bringing to life for the reader a genuine work of literature.
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- ASIN : B00KALM610
- Publisher : University of Texas Press (May 12, 2014)
- Publication date : May 12, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 19185 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 2184 pages
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The marvels of the organization of most of South America under the "Inca" empire are wonderfully illustrated by De La Vega in his "Royal Commentaries." Life as he "remembers" it before Pizarro (since he was born just after the conquest) comes alive under the pen of "El Inca" as under no other historian. De la Vega gives life to this great story of the clash of empires and cultures that is on a level with the epic conquests of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the Romans and the early Muslims. "The Royal Commentaries" is a must-read for anyone fascinated (as I am) with life in South America before the Spanish stumbled into The New World in search of gold and souls.