Renowned Maya archaeologists Linda Schele and David Freidel tell the history of the Maya, as it was recorded in the previously undecipherable hieroglyphs of the Maya. This excellent account traces the kingships and politics of the Maya, and features narratives recreating scenes of burials, blood sacrifices, battles and other events. The major Maya sites are described in detail, including Palenque, Copan, Yaxchilan, Tikal, Piedras Negras, Uaxactun and Chichen Itza. Accessible to the general reader, this book is profusely illustrated with photographs, color plates, maps and line drawings. Linda Schele is also the author of "The Blood of Kings" (MYA08) and "The Code of Kings" (MYA13). Includes extensive notes, and a glossary of gods and icons.