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Ampliar foto Engravings depicting the conquest of America. The reasons go on piling up.
It would be only natural to assume they would have met with one another and relived those great events at every opportunity, so impossible was it even for them to believe they had subjugated nearly a quarter of a continent.
Why didn’t my colleagues discover it? Duverger believes that someone of humble origins like Bernal, who had not undergone any formal education and was probably illiterate could never have produced such a work.
Then there is this: Many assumed high positions and gained great wealth. The French historian and anthropologist Christian Duverger, a professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris, has just dropped a bomb in the calm waters of Spanish literary history and of Spaniards’ and Mexicans’ understanding of their past.
After all, the story needed no padding to rank as one of the great adventures of all time, regardless of the teller — bloody as it was, and as calamitous as it was for the Indian civilization then extant. He and his son would then have reworked the manuscript so as to claim authorship of it for Bernal, thus sending historians and literary critics on a false trail for the past suverger centuries.
That was the first clue, but more were to follow. Given the deep implications of this theory for the history of the period, can you tell me if there has been any published response from serious professional historians of the period? Neither should we forget that a number of conquistadors remained in New Spain after the conquest. And the first thing that surprised me was that Bernal opens his account saying, ‘I finished writing it on February 26,in Santiago de Guatemala, the seat of the Audiencia [de los Confines] He claimed to be a humble private but used classical Greek and Latin quotations.
Codex — Wikimedia Commons Then there is the issue of the great detail contained in this chronicle.
The Historia verdadera contains references to Homer, Cicero and other Latin classics, as well as great richness of vocabulary and a clear influence of both Latin constructions and those of the native languages of Mesoamerica. To this end he would have projected a double memoir: Mexico 12 FEB – Repro The French historian and anthropologist Christian Duverger, a professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris, has just dropped a bomb in the calm waters of Spanish literary history and of Spaniards’ and Mexicans’ understanding of their past.
After the failure of this uprising, one of them would have sent the manuscript to Bernal in order to keep it safe. Indeed, most attempts to challenge the authorship of canonical texts on the basis of cortrs or implausible claims run the risk of posing hypotheses that are equally difficult to believe.
The conquistador is shown as someone who sought to avoid the acts of genocide practiced in the Caribbean. Required fields are marked. You may use these HTML tags and attributes: His son, Francisco, inserted the name chrishian his father into the text in order to enhance his position.
Then there is the issue of the great detail contained in this chronicle. To portray Bernal Diaz as a straw man for Cortes demands a fabulous sequence of corets.
References Duverger, Christian If the Crown wants to kill off his memory, he knows that posterity is his ally,” Duverger writes.
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Remember, however, we do have evidence that he could write, for his signature appears upon a nearly year-old Guatemalan government document as a member of a important group of Spanish Chistian officials. What’s more, adds Duverger, it also makes him “the true founder, as Carlos Fuentes de Bernal said, of the Latin American novel.
If so, it is not impossible to believe that this individual might have have ascribed authorship of the book to the man he interviewed or heard tell it. For my part, I have always believed that Diaz was interviewed — debriefed if you will — by someone more educated than he, someone who could write and write well, comfortable with editing and arranging text and with the conventions — and pretensions — of the times.
On the other hand, it may very well be true that Diaz was comparatively poorly educated. This would have been the manuscript of the Historia verdadera.