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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NaturalResources: [QB] Hmmm, must have missed this before... There is an interesting comment by Thevet and a related footnote by the authors in the above mentioned book... [QUOTE]"It is astounding the superstitions into which this poor people was plunged before the sun of the Gospel had shown forth over their country. [b]I have in my possession two books[/b]* about the idols writ by hand containing the genealogy and history of the kings and great lords of that country, and the pictures of the idols they adored, painted and pictured in two books, written by hand by a monk who lived there around thirty-four years, exercising the charge of a bishop in that country. [b]These books came into my hands[/b]* after having been presented to the late Queen of Spain, daughter of King Henry II, King of France. (5)"[/QUOTE] [QUOTE]"(5) Thevet is here referring to his possession of the Codex Mendoza and possibly of the "Histoyre de Mechique". This story of the acquisition of the books, however, is different from that given in the Cosmographie, chap. 17: "On the Customs of the Country of the Mexicans," and is almost certainly a fabrication, as the document never reached Spain. The Queen of Spain to whom Thevet refers in Elizabeth of Valois, third wife of Philip II."[/QUOTE](*Bold is my addition) If you will recall, the "Mendoza Codex" indeed never made it to Spain. It fell into the hands of the French while being shipped overseas from the "New World" to Spain, once again suggesting that Thevet was often less than truthful. (On the other hand, perhaps he is refering to how he came into possession of the "Histoyre de Mechique" rather than the "Mendoza Codex"?) I have done fairly thorough research on the "Mendoza Codex" and have found no references to a lake near "Cibola", however, I while I have heard of the "Histoyre de Mechique" during my studying, I have done virtually no research on it. Considering that this could be the source of Thevet's lake, it will be the subject of my studies for the next week or so. [IMG]http://i299.photobucket.com/albums/mm306/NRAllstocks/AThevetMendzCodexP1.jpg[/IMG] (Image of the first page of the "Mendoza Codex" featuring Thevet's signature. For educational purposes only.) [/QB][/QUOTE]
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