I’m not a huge Coldplay fan, but they released Viva la Vida when I was writing The Last Conquistador, and this song lodged itself in my head. In my mind, the character of Rodrigo, a 16th-century Spaniard with big dreams, was in over his head. His motivations were complex, but much of it was a hunger for wealth and status. But his explorations in the Americas didn’t turn out as planned.
Here’s the Coldplay video, an unofficial version with lyrics.