Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque

Excerpts from the book “The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque” by Leonide Martin at LeonideMartinBlog.Wordpress.com

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Catherwood Drawing of Palenque Catherwood Drawing of Palenque

Excerpts from The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque

Incidents of Travel Vol-1_

The Travel Writers of Their Time

Thanks to the remarkable four-volume books Incidents of Travel, by John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood, we are given much insight into the hardships of travel and the impact of this splendid and high civilization on these explorers.

John Lloyd Stephens John Lloyd Stephens

John Lloyd Stephens is a masterful storyteller and Frederick Catherwood a fine artist.  Their first two-volume book, featuring Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan, was published in 1841.  It became an instant success, with publisher Harper and Brothers in New York making 11

Frederick Catherwood Frederick Catherwood

printings of 20,000 copies each in only three months.  I keep a copy with me to enjoy comparing their impressions with present-day Palenque.  Although his prose is typical for that period, it’s richly descriptive and amusing.  Stephens weaves details of their harrowing adventures, gives…

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