Mastering the Glyphs

Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs
by Camilla Townsend. Oxford University Press, 320 pp., $29.95; $21.95 (paper)

The Aztecs: Lost Civilizations by Frances F. Berdan. Reaktion, 232 pp., $25.00

Conquistadores: A New History of Spanish Discovery and Conquest by Fernando Cervantes. Viking, 493 pp., $35.00

Deciphering Aztec Hieroglyphs: A Guide to Nahuatl Writing by Gordon Whittaker. University of California Press, 210 Pp., $34.95

J. H. Elliott, NYR, 02.12.2021

Maxillian Issued Edicts in Nahuatl

Michael Ledger-Lomas · Finished Off by Chagrin: Monarchs and Emperors · LRB 21 July 2022.

The Last Emperor of Mexico: A Disaster in the New World 
by Edward Shawcross.
Faber, 336 pp., £20, January, 978 0 571 36057 4

King Leopold’s Ghostwriter: The Creation of Persons and States in the 19th Century 
by Andrew Fitzmaurice.
Princeton, 592 pp., £35, February, 978 0 691 14869 4

The Kaiser and the Colonies: Monarchy in the Age of Empire 
by Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Oxford, 416 pp., £90, February, 978 0 19 289703 9


Gossamer So Sheer 2

In the war of 1914, Germany drafted a secret note proposing an alliance against the United States, offering in return the restitution of what could hardly be called the Mexican Alsace-Lorraine, the states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Utah and Nevada. In a moment of abstraction, Dr Albrecht, a member of the German Embassy, left the dispatch case with the draft in a carriage of the Third Avenue Elevated Railway of New York City. The contents were published in the N. Y. World. Mexico remained neutral.)

Sybille Bedford, A Visit to Don Otavio.