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For readable overviews of the Inca and their empire, see J.B. Richardson, III, People of the Andes (Smithsonian: Washington, D.C. 1994) and C. Morris and A. Von Hagen, The Inca Empire and Its Andean Origins (American Museum of Natural History: New York, 1984). B.C. Brundage, Lords of Cusco: A History and Description of the Inca People in Their Final Days (University of Oklahoma: Norman, 1967) provides, in the guise of a narrative history, much information on the beliefs, customs, and language of the Inca. Also useful are The Incas (Avon: New York, 1967), written shortly after the conquest by Garcilaso de la Vega (1539-1616), son of a conquistador and an Inca noblewoman, and Inca Religion and Custom, written by Father Bernabe Cobo (completed in 1653), a Jesuit priest. For the monuments of Cusco and neighboring sites see P. Frost, Exploring Cusco (Nuevas Imágenes: Lima 1989) and Machu Picchu: The Sacred Center (Nuevas Imágenes: Lima 1991) by J. Reinhard. The Shape of Inca History: Narrative and Architecture in an Andean Empire (University of Iowa: Iowa City 1999), by S. Niles, focuses on Yucay, the royal estate of the Inca ruler Huayna Capac, but touches upon many of the other sites in the valley of the Urubamba River and provides an architectural and historical context for understanding them. For Pizarro's death and his body's peregrinations, wounds, etc., see W.R. Maples and M. Browning, Dead Men Do Tell Tales (Doubleday: New York, 1994).


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