atever be the cause, the collection of manuscript materials in reference to Peru is fuller and more complete than that which relates to Mexico; so that there is scarcely a nook or corner so obscure, in the path of the adventurer, that some light has not been thrown on it by the written correspondence of the period. The historian has rather had occasion to complain of the embarras des richesses; for, in the multiplicity of contradictory testimony, it is not always easy to detect the truth, as the multiplicity of cross-lights is apt to dazzle and bewilder the eye of the spectator.
The present History has been conducted on the same general plan with that of the Conquest of Mexico. In an Introductory Book, I have endeavoured to portray the institutions of the Incas, that the reader may be acquainted with the character and condition of that extraordinary race, before he enters on the story of their subjugation. The remaining books are occupied with the narrative of the Conquest. And here, the subject, it mu
I do not know enough about the history of Peru, having read no other books on the subject, to have any idea of what more recent researches have revealed about the pre-conquest Inca civilization and the epic struggles of the Spanish conquest. However, given Prescott's meticulous research from primary documents, I imagine that the history must be fairly accurate on the broad scope.
This is an engrossing tale of ambition, greed,
bigotry, and murderous violence in a fantastic wilderness. The splendid prose is a joy to read. It held my interest from first to last. A long but rewarding book.