According to one popular image, the Aztec army was a ruthless and efficient war machine, that established an empire by convincingly overwhelming its neighbors, sacrificing thousands to bloodthirsty gods along the way. From a contrasting perspective, its native warriors were no match for the modern warring methods of Cortés' greatly outnumbered Spaniards, who decisively defeated them. The reality of the Aztec warrior's ability and effectiveness lies somewhere between those two extremes, as this title makes clear. By examining the experiences of a hypothetical individual, Cuauhtli, this meticulously researched book shows that the history of Aztec warfare is much richer and far more complex than previously understood, and reveals the close relationship between social and military matters in Aztec society.
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Table of Contents
Introduction · A child is sworn to service · The story of Tenochtitlan · Chronology of principal events AD 1325-1521 · Early years - the genesis of the warrior · Training · Weaponry and protection· Dress and distinction· Campaign and supply · Field combat · Bringing home the war: Aztec religion and ritual · Notes · Bibliography · Glossary · Color plate commentary · Index