Books: Mixed Fiction, Jan. 24, 1955

THE GOLDEN PRINCESS, by Alexander Baron (378 pp.; Ives Washburn; $3.95), is a novel of high adventure telling how Hernando Cortés conquered Mexico with the aid of his Indian mistress. Skeptics to the contrary, English Author Baron is dealing no joker from the historical deck; it really happened that way. Malinali, or Marina, as the Spaniards christened her, emerges as a tawny tidbit just turned 18 and just about Cortés' first Mexican conquest. Intelligent and fearless, she soon comes to share his council as well as his bed. On the long, fierce road to the golden halls of Montezuma, Cortés relies...

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