By Peter G. Tsouras
Locations Aztec civilization and heritage within the context of worldwide heritage Montezuma (ca. 1466–1520), who have been trained as a clergyman and had served good as an army commander, ascended to the Aztec throne in approximately 1502 at the foundation of his army list and recognition for piety. As Peter G. Tsouras demonstrates, shortly Montezuma remodeled himself from a guy of excellent judgment to a pitiless autocrat. He killed indiscriminately at domestic and waged wars of conquest opposed to his friends, including territory in modern Honduras and Nicaragua to his empire. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived in Mexico on the head of a Spanish day trip. Montezuma believed the invaders to be gods pleasant the prophecy that the god Quetzalcoatl may go back. He didn't withstand and carefully provided presents. accordingly, Cortés and the conquistadors marched at the capital and seized Montezuma. The monarch fell, surrendering his strength, wealth, or even the sovereignty of his humans, nearly gladly. He grew to become a puppet of the Spaniards and eventually allied himself in conflict opposed to his personal humans. whilst the emperor’s brother finally led an rebellion, the ungrateful Spaniards killed Montezuma. opposed to the backdrop of historical Mexico’s wealthy cultural background, Tsouras captures the tragedy that passed off Mexico in the course of Montezuma’s reign.
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An Imperial Lifestyle Motecuhzoma’s sense of his exalted status demanded that his palace, his “house of god,” be more splendid than anything that had ever graced Anáhuac or the farthest-ﬂung corner of his empire. Years in the building, it would stun the Spaniards in its size 30 montezuma and grandeur. Europe would not see so imposing a pile for another 150 years, when Louis XIV built Versailles. It probably remains the largest state residence ever built in the Americas, covering six acres. The palace rose on a great ten-foot platform adjacent to the Sacred Square to the south, bound by canals to the north and west and facing a great plaza to the east.
The next day the three rulers of the Triple Alliance, dressed in a 14 montezuma blinding array of gold and royal blue mantles and loincloths, ascended the Great Temple in the company of the eighty-nine-year old Tlacaélel. 7 Soaring another ﬁfty-six feet into the air were the twin temples. At the top of the stairs, priests seized the captives and bent them backward over stones of sacriﬁce, arching their chests upward. With practiced slashes, the kings sliced open the chests of their victims, then reached in and pulled out the steaming, still-beating hearts.
At the empire’s core, the struggle for the throne of Texcoco after Nezahualpilli’s death in 1515 nearly plunged the empire into civil war. Nezahualpilli had left three legitimate sons but had failed to designate the heir. Motecuhzoma intervened and nominated Cacamatzin, the son of his sister. One of the other claimants, Ixtlilxóchitl, refused to accept the tlatoani’s high-handed interference, ﬂed to the mountains, rallied support, seized the northern part of the kingdom, and stood off the armies of Motecuhzoma and Cacamatzin.
Montezuma: Warlord of the Aztecs (Potomac Books' Military Profiles) by Peter G. Tsouras