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Thomas More's magician : a novel account of Utopia in Mexico

Author: Toby Green
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In September 1532, eleven years after the Spanish conquest, Mexico is in meltdown. As the conquistadores discover an earthly paradise, its peoples and their Gods are destroyed. This is a time of greed, uncertainty - and idealism." "Despairing at his surroundings, Vasco de Quiroga - a new member of the Spanish ruling council - forges a commune on Mexico City's outskirts. Indigenous peoples flock there, and soon a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Utopian fiction
Historical fiction
Named Person: Vasco de Quiroga; Vasco de Quiroga
Material Type: Biography, Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Toby Green
ISBN: 0297829882 9780297829881
OCLC Number: 55762994
Description: x, 340 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Toby Green.
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In 1532, 11 years after the Spanish conquest, Mexico is in meltdown. Vasco de Quiroga - a new member of the Spanish ruling council - forges a commune on Mexico City's outskirts. What distinguishes  Read more...

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'Green has written a vivid account of this visionary explorer...Thoughtful and imaginative.' -- Anthony Sattin SUNDAY TIMES (16.5.04) 'What Green does is to tell a good and captivating story of Read more...

 
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