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A forest of kings : the untold story of the ancient Maya

Author: Linda Schele; David A Freidel
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"A Forest of Kings is the story of Maya kingship, from the beginning of its institution and the first great pyramid builders two thousand years ago to the decline of the Maya civilization and its destruction by the Spanish."--Back cover.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Linda Schele; David A Freidel
ISBN: 9780688112042 0688112048
OCLC Number: 145324300
Description: 542 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Contents: Time travel in the jungle --
Sacred space, holy time, and the Maya world --
Cerros : the coming of kings --
A war of conquest : Tikal against Uaxactún --
Star wars in the seventh century --
The children of the first mother : family and dynasty at Palenque --
Bird-jaguar and the Cahalob --
Copán : the death of first dawn on Macaw Mountain --
Kingdom and empire at Chichén Itzá --
The end of a literate world and its legacy to the future --
Back to the beginning --
Glossary of gods and icons.
Responsibility: Linda Schele and David Freidel ; color photographs by Justin Kerr.


The mystique of the pre-Columbian Maya has prompted much speculation about the nature of this sophisticated people. With the breaking of their elaborate hieroglyphic code, this work provides a fresh  Read more...


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