The Blood of Kings

The Blood of Kings

Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art

  1. Linda Schele
  2. Mary Ellen Miller
  • ISBN 9780500276679
  • 25.00 x 25.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 336pp
  • 373 Illustrations, 123 in colour
  • First published 1992
‘A work as remarkable for its text as for the photographs and drawings that illustrate it … revolutionary’ – Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize winner for Literature

Maya texts embellish both their everyday objects and the monumental art and architecture commissioned by the kings to ensure their place in history.

'The Blood of Kings' makes full use of the tremendous progress made in deciphering the complicated Maya hieroglyphic code, effectively penetrating the world and minds of the creators of Maya art.

Linda Schele was a prolific Mesoamerican scholar who died in 1998. Her many great books include 'Maya Glyphs: The Verbs', the 'Palenque Bodega' and 'Maya Cosmos'. Mary Ellen Miller is Sterling Professor of the History of Art and Dean of Yale College. Dean Miller has worked extensively in Central America, particularly Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, where she has carried out research in Maya art, architecture, and culture.