My apologies for my long absence; I have been caught up working on my set of European history books, collecting forewords to them, and soliciting (unsuccessfully thus far) agents and publishers.
I have read the following books recently (mostly since the beginning of August), and am adding them to my list:
Amadis de Gaul (William Stewart Rose translation)
William H. Prescott–History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella; History of the Conquest of Mexico
Bernal Diaz del Castillo–Conquest of New Spain
Antonio Pigafetta–Magellan’s Voyage
Bartolommeo de Las Casas–A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
Bernardo de Vargas Machucha–Defending the Conquests
Washington Irving–History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus; Voyages and Discoveries of the Companions of Columbus
William Robertson–History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V
The Travels of Marco Polo
Arrian–The Campaigns of Alexander; Indica
Jared Diamond–Guns, Germs, and Steel
Simon Garfield–On the Map
David Buisseret (editor)–Monarchs, Ministers, and Maps: The Emergence of Cartography as a Tool of Government in Early Modern Europe
I have also re-read some works that I needed to consult and cite in my volume on the Iberian Age of Exploration–Montaigne’s Essays (especially ‘Of Cannibals), Don Quixote, and Howard Erlichman’s Conquest, Tribute, and Trade to name a couple–so these 6,000 or so pages (along with an incident of being stalked by a sociopathic woman and having dozens of relationships broken by her, which gets special consideration for uniqueness) have kept me busy, and have kept my mind full.
As a result, for the first time since I started the list, I have forgotten some of the books I have read, and do not feel compelled to go figure out what those were, so I will omit those knowing that if you can get through my whole reading list to begin with you will not feel those omissions, either.