The Edward T. LeBlanc Memorial Dime Novel Bibliography

Item - The White Gladiator; or, Manola, the Sun-Child. A Tale of the Last of the Montezumas

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Subjects / Tags: 16th century
Alvarado, Pedro de, 1485?-1541
Aztecs
Caciques (Indian leaders)
Cholula (Hidalgo, Mexico)
Conquerors
Cortés, Hernán, 1485-1547
Cuauhtemoc, Emperor of Mexico, 1495?-1525
Díaz del Castillo, Bernal, 1496-1584
Gran Pirámide (Cholula de Rivadabia, Mexico)
Historical fiction
Human sacrifice
Indians of Mexico
Love stories
Marina, approximately 1505-approximately 1530
Massacres
Mexico
Montezuma II, Emperor of Mexico, approximately 1480-1520
Olmedo, Bartolomé de, active 16th century
Popocatépetl (Mexico)
Religion
Temples
Tlaxcalan Indians
Totonac Indians
ENGL 330 Spring 2018's Thoughts: "The White Gladiator, or Manola, the Sun Child is an exciting tale that follows the escape of the beautiful Princess Manola from her evil Prince. Manola is put in danger when Aztec priests bring her to be sacrificed to the war god, Quetzalcoatl. Manola is at first willing to accept her fate as an offering to the god, because she believes he will protect her people from the strange “white men” that keep showing up on their land. Her mind soon changes, however, when she discovers that the person designated to sacrifice her is her soon-to-be husband, Prince Guatemoczin. Manola is appalled at the idea that her own betrothed would be willing to end her life. Manola is successfully able to escape her former lover and the Aztec priests, and sets out for the forest in search of help from the men she once thought strange. Manola is eventually able to recruit the help of Alvaroado, a particularly handsome cavalier in the Spanish army. Alvarado, overcome by Manola’s exceptional beauty, determines that he will do anything to save her from her oppressive people. Many battles ensue throughout the story until Alvarado finally seeks help from his leader, Cortez. Although Cortez is furious that one of his men would go to such lengths to put their army at risk for the love of a woman, he determines that it is the perfect time to confront King Moctezuma and take over Mexico. Moctezuma completely cowers when confronted by Cortez and agrees to give his land to Cortez. Cortez celebrates their defeat by allowing Manola to be baptized and married to Alvarado, and also giving the couple reign over the new land."--Claire Culton, undergraduate student at NIU enrolled in ENGL 330, Spring 2018

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