The Lordship of the Incas

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ISBN illustrated paperback: 9788490075630
ISBN hardcover: 9788411263726
ISBN paperback: 9788490079690

The Lordship of the Incas is the second part of the Chronicle of Peru, by Pedro Cieza de León, and deals with the history of the Incas and the dynasties of Ancient Peru. It was discovered in the Library of El Escorial by the Peruvian historian Manuel González de La Rosa, who prepared an edition for publication in London in 1873. This one did not see the light of day for economic reasons.
In 1880, Marcos Jiménez de la Espada, finally published the work, with the title Second Part of the Chronicle of Peru, which deals with the lordship of the Incas Yupanquis and their great deeds and governance (currently known as The Lordship of the Incas).
The lordship of the Incas narrates the historical events that took place during the reign of the Inca kings(Ingas Yupangues or Incas Yupanquis), which the author collected from the mouths of the inhabitants of the Inca empire, among nobles or orejones, amautas or masters, quipucamayocs and curacas.
It is, strictly speaking, the first comprehensive history of the Tahuantinsuyo, since the chroniclers who preceded Cieza had limited themselves to collecting scarce and scattered data on the Incas, concentrating more than anything else on the deeds of the first Spanish conquerors. Historical critics have been unanimous in considering it a fundamental work for the study of Inca history.
Pedro Cieza begins his story by narrating the barbarism that reigned before the Incas in the territory of Peru. It also tells the legend of Wiracocha (Ticiviracoche) and the Ayar brothers; and the foundation of Cuzco by Manco Capac. It then extends into the history of the Inca kings:

  • Capa handle,
  • Sinche Roca Inga,
  • Lloque Yupangue,
  • Mayta Capa,
  • Yupangue cape,
  • Inga Roca Inga,
  • Inga Yupangue,
  • Viracocha Inga,
  • Inga Urco,
  • Inga Yupangue,
  • Topa Inga Yupangue,
  • Guaynacapa,
  • Guáscar
  • and Atabalipa.

Pedro Cieza de León, a native of Llerena (Spain), arrived in America when he was still very young, around 1535. He participated as a soldier in the conquest of the current territories of Colombia and Ecuador, before arriving in Peru in 1547.
Cieza tells us that, in his spare time, he wrote about everything he saw and heard about customs, traditions, geography and historical events. When the pacifier Pedro de la Gasca learned of his work, he received official support so that he could finish his extensive chronicle, which he planned to publish in four parts, being the first project of a general history of Peru.
The first part, dedicated to the geographical description and the foundation of cities, was published in Seville in 1553. Pedro Cieza died shortly after, on July 2, 1554, and the rest of his copious work remained unpublished and even lost.

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