One of the most incredible women in history, Isabella "La Catholica" deserves honor of unifying Spain into the one country as we know it today. Against inconceivable odds, she cast out the last Moslem king from Spain, overcame the machinations of her pretended friends, and commissioned the first European explorations of the New World. The book is an incredible story of the accomplishments of the great Hernando Cortez, who for the glory of God and his Spanish king conquers the pagan, bloodthirsty, and even cannibalistic Aztec empire of Mexico in the early 1500’s. Cortez does so with only several hundred men (and relatively few Indian allies), defeating hundreds of thousands of Aztec warriors in hand to hand combat. His leadership along with the courage and stamina of his men contributed to the accomplishment of the old Catholic country of Mexico, as well as providing a safe base from which to convert much of the Americas to Catholicism. While millions of souls and whole countries were being lost from the Church in Europe (due to Luther and other heretics), Cortez’s heroic feat compensated the Church by the conversion of numerous souls in the New World. What makes the book so powerful and hard to refute is that Diaz, the author, was an actual observer and participant in the battles, for he was one of Cortez’s soldiers (and his official biographer). Definitely some blood and gore, relating to the brutal Aztec human sacrifices.