Charles Ford

Historical Novel

The forgotten history of a native American woman, sold into slavery, who gave the Spanish adventurer Hernan Cortes the words to conquer Mexico

     In the spring of 1519, Malinali, daughter of a provincial lord, is taken as spoils by the conquistador Hernán Cortés. 

     She becomes mistress to the unfaithful, ruthless commander, who finds only she can translate the language of the Aztec emperor. With just a small company of mutinous men, Cortez plans to march into Mexico; only Malinali's skillful negotiation allows him to lure nations to defect from the empire. Much to her regret, her words open to him the treasures of the undiscovered continent.