Parution : History of the Chichimeca Nation: Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Seventeenth-Century Chronicle of Ancient Mexico

History of the Chichimeca Nation


  • Brian, Amber. Editeur scientifique
  • Benton, Bradley. Editeur scientifique
  • Villella, Peter B. Editeur scientifique
  • García Loaeza, Pablo. Editeur scientifique
  • Amber Brian is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Iowa.
  • Bradley Benton is Associate Professor of History at North Dakota State University.
  • Peter B. Villella is Associate Professor of History at the United States Air Force Academy.
  • Pablo García Loaeza is Associate Professor of Spanish at West Virginia University.

Résumé de l’éditeur

A descendant of both Spanish settlers and Nahua (Aztec) rulers, Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl (ca. 1578–1650) was an avid collector of indigenous pictorial and alphabetic texts and a prodigious chronicler of the history of pre-conquest and conquest-era Mexico. His magnum opus, here for the first time in English translation, is one of the liveliest, most accessible, and most influential accounts of the rise and fall of Aztec Mexico derived from indigenous sources and memories and written from a native perspective.

Composed in the first half of the seventeenth century, a hundred years after the arrival of the Spanish conquerors in Mexico, the History of the Chichimeca Nation is based on native accounts but written in the medieval chronicle style. It is a gripping tale of adventure, romance, seduction, betrayal, war, heroism, misfortune, and tragedy. Written at a time when colonization and depopulation were devastating indigenous communities, its vivid descriptions of the cultural sophistication, courtly politics, and imperial grandeur of the Nahua world explicitly challenged European portrayals of native Mexico as a place of savagery and ignorance. Unpublished for centuries, it nonetheless became an important source for many of our most beloved and iconic memories of the Nahuas, widely consulted by scholars of Spanish American history, politics, literature, anthropology, and art.

The manuscript of the History, lost in the 1820s, was only rediscovered in the 1980s. This volume is not only the first-ever English translation, but also the first edition in any language derived entirely from the original manuscript. Expertly rendered, with introduction and notes outlining the author’s historiographical legacy, this translation at long last affords readers the opportunity to absorb the history of one of the Americas’ greatest indigenous civilizations as told by one of its descendants.

Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Norman (Ok.) : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Date de parution : octobre 2019
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (352 p.) : ill. en noir et en coul., cartes
  • ISBN 978-0-8061-6398-7 (rel.). – ISBN 978-0-8061-6399-4 (br.). – ISBN 978-0-8061-6527-1 (kindle). – ISBN 978-0-8061-6559-2 (ePub)


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Olivier Jacquot (2020, 24 janvier). Parution : History of the Chichimeca Nation: Don Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Seventeenth-Century Chronicle of Ancient Mexico. Amoxcalli. Consulté le 30 mai 2024, à l’adresse

Olivier Jacquot

Chargé de collections : manuscrits des fonds américains, Service des manuscrits ORientaux (SOR), département des Manuscrits (MSS), Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF)

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