With chapters by international authorities, this book looks at the world of the Aztecs and the life, reign and ultimate fall of their last- elected rulers.
Attention is drawn to the fascinating but often very different accounts of key events given by Mexican and Spanish sources. Moctezuma's own contribution to his eventual downfall and death at the hands of his own people is also examined afresh, drawing upon the latest international research and the ongoing archaeological discoveries in Mexico City. The book finally reassess the legacy of these momentous events, including the role they played in shaping modern Mexican identity.
This richly illustrated book brings together key works of art from the British Museum, leading museums in Mexico and other international collections: turquoise masks, featherwork and gold jewellery; paintings, maps and codices; boxes and caskets; shields, weapons and armour; cups and incense burners; treasures and everyday objects.