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Spanish Inquisition Paperback – 1 Nov 2003

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: NPI Media Group; New edition edition (1 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752428578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752428574
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,347,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Richly enjoyable . . . lucid, beautifully illustrated and judicious." Diarmaid MacCulloch, author, "The Reformation"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Edwardshas published extensively on the political, economic, social and religious history of Spain in the 15th and 16th centuries." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Bonafilla on 19 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a good general introduction to the "modern" Spanish inquisition. However, it is only an introduction, and those already familiar with the subject may learn little from this text that they do not already know. Having said this it is an easy-to-read narrative for those who are curious to learn about this intriguing period and who do not already have an indepth knowledge of Spanish history.
It helpfully puts the Spanish inquisition into its historical context. An outline is given of its precursor, the medieval inquisition. The book also explores the political climate in Castile and Aragon in the second half of the fifteenth century, which was especially conducive to the introduction of the inquisition. Initially it was used as a means to persecute the Jewish conversos once Spanish Jewry had become politically expendable after the reconquest of Granada from the Moors. From a royal perspective, their persecution served the useful purpose of undermining the potentially troublesome power base of the Aragonese nobles, many of whom had intermarried with the local Jewish population. Intermarriages such as these were largely restricted to the upper echelons of Aragonese society, thus providing Ferdinand of Aragon with a pretext upon which he could attack the nobles without alienating the merchant class.
The book considers how the inquisition was exported to the Spanish colonies, and, perhaps of particular interest to English readers, how Philip II may have influenced the persecution of Protestants in England during his ill-fated union with Mary Tudor. Although, as the book points out, the English Protestants were pursued under Parliamentary statute and not through the introduction of Philip's Spanish inquisition to England.
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