Montezuma's Daughter
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Montezuma's Daughter

By H. Rider (Henry Rider) Haggard
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Montezuma's Daughter, first published in 1893, is a novel written by the Victorian adventure writer H. Rider Haggard. Narrated in the first person by Thomas Wingfield, an Englishman whose adventures include having his mother murdered, a brush with the Spanish Inquisition, shipwreck, and slavery. Eventually, Thomas unwillingly joins a Spanish expedition to New Spain, and the novel tells the fictionalized story of the first interactions between the natives and European explorers. This includes a number of misunderstandings, prejudice on the part of the Spaniards, and ultimately open war.
During the course of the story, Thomas meets and marries the daughter of the native king (from whom the novel takes its title) and settles into life in Mexico. The war destroys his native family, and eventually Thomas gets revenge on the antagonist and returns to England.
While in Mexico in 1891 researching for the book Haggard received news that his only son had died, which dealt him a lasting blow and badly affected his health. Haggard himself recognised that Montezuma's Daughter was the last of his best work "for the rest was repetition so far as fiction was concerned". Like many Victorian adventure novels, this one sometimes treats the natives as naïve and barbaric, a flaw Haggard explicitly points out in his main character.
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Table of Contents
  • MONTEZUMA'S DAUGHTER
  • MONTEZUMA'S DAUGHTER
    • CHAPTER I
      • WHY THOMAS WINGFIELD TELLS HIS TALE
    • CHAPTER II
      • OF THE PARENTAGE OF THOMAS WINGFIELD
    • CHAPTER III
      • THE COMING OF THE SPANIARD
    • CHAPTER IV
      • THOMAS TELLS HIS LOVE
    • CHAPTER V
      • THOMAS SWEARS AN OATH
    • CHAPTER VI
      • GOOD-BYE, SWEETHEART
    • CHAPTER VII
      • ANDRES DE FONSECA
    • CHAPTER VIII
      • THE SECOND MEETING
    • CHAPTER IX
      • THOMAS BECOMES RICH
    • CHAPTER X
      • THE PASSING OF ISABELLA DE SIGUENZA
    • CHAPTER XI
      • THE LOSS OF THE CARAK
    • CHAPTER XII
      • THOMAS COMES TO SHORE
    • CHAPTER XIII
      • THE STONE OF SACRIFICE
    • CHAPTER XIV
      • THE SAVING OF GUATEMOC
    • CHAPTER XV
      • THE COURT OF MONTEZUMA
    • CHAPTER XVI
      • THOMAS BECOMES A GOD
    • CHAPTER XVII
      • THE ARISING OF PAPANTZIN
    • CHAPTER XVIII
      • THE NAMING OF THE BRIDES
    • CHAPTER XIX
      • THE FOUR GODDESSES
    • CHAPTER XX
      • OTOMIE'S COUNSEL
    • CHAPTER XXI
      • THE KISS OF LOVE
    • CHAPTER XXII
      • THE TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS
    • CHAPTER XXIII
      • THOMAS IS MARRIED
    • CHAPTER XXIV
      • THE NIGHT OF FEAR
    • CHAPTER XXV
      • THE BURYING OF MONTEZUMA'S TREASURE
    • CHAPTER XXVI
      • THE CROWNING OF GUATEMOC
    • CHAPTER XXVII
      • THE FALL OF TENOCTITLAN
    • CHAPTER XXVIII
      • THOMAS IS DOOMED
    • CHAPTER XXIX
      • DE GARCIA SPEAKS HIS MIND
    • CHAPTER XXX
      • THE ESCAPE
    • CHAPTER XXXI
      • OTOMIE PLEADS WITH HER PEOPLE
    • CHAPTER XXXII
      • THE END OF GUATEMOC
    • CHAPTER XXXIII
      • ISABELLA DE SIGUENZA IS AVENGED
    • CHAPTER XXXIV
      • THE SIEGE OF THE CITY OF PINES
    • CHAPTER XXXV
      • THE LAST SACRIFICE OF THE WOMEN OF THE OTOMIE
    • CHAPTER XXXVI
      • THE SURRENDER
    • CHAPTER XXXVII
      • VENGEANCE
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII
      • OTOMIE'S FAREWELL
    • CHAPTER XXXIX
      • THOMAS COMES BACK FROM THE DEAD
    • CHAPTER XL
      • AMEN
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