Baker & Taylor
A fascinating new book recreates the life of Martin Cortes, the illegitimate son of the conquistador and the "first mestizo" in Latin America as he becomes page to the Spanish Prince and a soldier for Spain, until he turns against the crown. 30,000 first printing.Perseus Publishing
An absorbing and fascinating history about the son of a conquistador who lived grandly and suffered greatly in Spain's sixteenth-century new and old worlds
Martin Cortes was the first, and illegitimate, son of the conquistador Hernan Cortes and the indigenous American woman who translated for him-the legendary Malinche. Taken from his mother as an infant, he was raised in Cuba by paternal relatives. At six he went to Spain with his father to become a page in the service of the Spanish prince. In his twenties, Martin fought as a soldier of Spain in Germany, France, and Algeria. Later, Martin was ultimately fated to resist the Spanish Crown and to die far from anywhere he might call home. Today, he is remembered by Mexicans as the first mestizo, emblematic of Mexico's dual heritage.Like Lanyon's earlier book, Malinche's Conquest, this one is an engrossing and evocative story, bringing to life those extraordinary times in the sixteenth century. It is a tale of intrigue and identity, exploring Martin Cortes's relations with his famous father, his half-brother, his mother's people, and his Spanish and New World loyalties. It is a stimulating reflection on the processes of history and legend and on the nature of the human spirit caught between conflicting worlds.Book News
Having finished a book on the Amerindian woman Malinche, the guide and interpreter of Conquistador Hernán Cortés--Malinche's Conquest (1999)--the author turned her attention to their son, one of Mexico's first mestizos. She combines history and memoir in telling the story of researching his trips between the Old and New Worlds, serving in the courts of Carlos V and Felipe II, his trial and torture back in Mexico for allegedly working against the crown, all the while reflecting on questions of immigration and identity. The book was first published by Allen & Unwin (Australia) in 2003. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)Blackwell North Amer
Martin Cortes was the first, and illegitimate, son of the conquistador Hernan Cortes and a Native American woman - the legendary Malinche, who translated for Cortez during the conquest of the Aztecs. Taken from his mother as an infant, he was raised by paternal relatives. At six he went to Spain with his father to become a page in the service of the Spanish royal court. In his twenties, Martin served as a soldier in Spain's army. Returning to Mexico, Martin was ultimately tortured for resisting the Spanish Crown. Exiled from his birthplace, he died far from anywhere he might call home.