Sub titled, ""a novel of chivalry declining"" -- this is an exhaustive recreation of a period, the Spanish Empire of the 16th century, kings and scholars, inquisitions and , knights and villains, as backdrop for the picaresque career of Don Pedro. Lavish in all respects, color, adventure, romance, history -- almost to a . The main story centers around Don Pedro who as a boy falls in love with Dona high, and promises to win her a kingdom. The Inquisition thrusts him from Spain he falls in with the gold greedy Pizarro and Cortes, is with them in the conquest of the and the betrayal of the Inca. On his return, Dona Isabella him as a ""bloodthirsty murderer"", and it takes his deeds in a new expedition to literate the Indians to win her back. Good of its kind -- though it is overlong.