Aztecs by Nigel Davies

Nigel Davies
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Penguin Adult HC/TR; 1st edition (April 9, 1974)
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  • MeGa_NunC
Davies' book was first published in 1973, and it reads as such. More modern scholarship shys away from making value judgements referring to a culture as "barbaric" or "war-like" yet such pejoratives are not uncommon in _The Aztecs: a history_. In terms of the overall content, I found The Aztecs (Third Edition) (Ancient Peoples and Places) to be both better written and reflective of more recent scholarship. Where Davies excells (and Townsend falls short) is in the detailing of the arrival of the Spanish and the conquest of the Aztec empire. Sadly, this comprises only the last few chapters, but it is also the strongest part of his history. For those with familarity with the Nahuatl and Aztec culture and history, this is a pass, Townsend's _The Aztecs_ a better survery for those seeking an introduction.
  • Ylal
Admittedly it has been some time since I read this book but I purchased the book, specifically, to help me in my study of the Aztecs in preparation for my writing my own novels, "Skull Rack" and "Hummingbird God" about the Spanish Conquest of the Mexica.

I found the book a useful tool but no more so than a number of other histories I read. This is, perhaps, inevitable in that there has been so much history/archaeology written on this fabulous subject. Interestingly, this is precisely I wrote my story as novels. I reckoned that there were people who could never be induced to read a history. Some of these people, however, might just be lured into reading an exciting, blood-soaked and golden novel. In so doing, it is my sincere belief, they will learn the history of a long-lost people and an incredible conquest.

  • Shakar
This is one of the better books written on the pre-columbian history of Anahuac (Mexico). The only negative comment i have regards the book's title. The people of Tenochtitlan did not refer to themselves as "Aztec," but as Mexica. Aside from this, Davis is an excellent writer and his text reads more like a novel than a "history book." Highly reccommended as an introduction to Mexica history.