The Life and Acts of Don Alonzo Enriquez de Guzman, a Knight of Seville, of the Order of Santiago; A.D. 1518 to 1543

The Life and Acts of Don Alonzo Enriquez de Guzman, a Knight of Seville, of the Order of Santiago; A.D. 1518 to 1543 : Translated from an Original and Inedited Manuscript in the National Library at Madrid; With Notes and Introduction

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...both in Portugal and Castile, yet I derive no benefit from them), I determined to seek for fortune elsewhere. I resolved to proceed to one of three places, either to serve with my lord the Emperor; or to go to Naples, where a son of the Duke of Alva is Viceroy; or to sail for the Indies. The latter plan was difficult to execute, because they tell me that there are a hundred thousand wild and strange beasts which might send me out of this present world, besides sufferings and hardships to endure; added to which I considered, that having once served under a King, it was not well to begin to serve under Viceroys. It is, however, necessary to understand that in these Indies there is much gold and silver, as well as dangers and diseases, and that where there is much to gain there is also much risk. I have, therefore, adopted the motto, " He who does not fear death, enjoys life," which I caused to be embroidered on my flags in letters of gold, in the companies I have commanded as captain. In the year of our Lord 1533, during Lent, I confessed and received the most holy sacrament, as every faithful Christian ought to do. Amongst other things which I then did, was to declare, as I now declare, that many things in this book, both to improve the style, and to give an appetite to him who reads it, are not related exactly as they happened, though the substance is true: I therefore desire that each reader may believe as much as he ought to believe, so that neither his conscience nor mine may be hurt. After much reflection, considering the cruel neglect with which the Emperor treated me, in spite of all the great services I had performed for him, in defending his towns from Moors and Frenchmen, I at last resolved to go to the Indies, and more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236951220
  • 9781236951229