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The Spanish Inquisition: A History Paperback – 10 Feb 2006


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (10 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861976224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861976222
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Spanish Inquisition, a scholarly and vivid recasting of a painful era in which 32,000 innocent people went to the stake, is a salutary reminder of the potential savagery occasioned by religion. (John Cornwell Sunday Times)

The qualities of concision and clarity make it a pleasure to read. (Times Literary Supplement)

Pérez is an established authority on the period ... and makes a convincing case ... Pérez's account of the Spanish Inquisition is a timely reminder of the desperate need for tolerance and unbiased intellectual criticism. (Lucinda Byatt Scotland on Sunday)

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Joseph Perez is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Bordeaux and Honorary Director of the Velazquez museum in Madrid. His books include a history of Spain under Philip II and biographies of Ferdinand and Isabella and Emperor Charles V.

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Since the days of Monty Python it has perhaps been difficult for British readers to be objective about the Spanish Inquisition and I hoped this book might fill the gap. My own research interest at the time of purchase was in the area of religious reform in sixteenth century Spain and clearly the Inquisition still casts a long shadow over this area. I think that Pérez aim in this study was to try to provide that more objective overview, but if he would have us believe that things weren't as bad as made out, some of his statistics and anecdotes would regrettably only confirm our worst prejudice! He does show how religious orthodoxy was mixed up with enforcing the political interests of the emerging Spanish state. I think that his point might have been better made by some sort of comparison with other emerging nation states in the early modern period and how religious compliance generally became mixed up with political interests: in both Catholic and Protestant countries this is usually an unattractive tale.

In recent years historians such as Eamon Duffy have invited us to go behind the somewhat un-nuanced popular presentation of the reception of Protestant reform in Tudor England, but I fear that if we are looking for similar scholarship to challenge us on the Inquisition this is not yet it.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Aesop on 12 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
This book seeks to get behind the legendary Spanish Inquisition myths and to my mind does a fantastic job. There is very little concerning the actual torture and death relating to the Inquisition that so often is all that you are told. Instead, you are taken on a journey through nearly 400 years of religious and political drama in a country desperately trying to find its own identity via a purging of all persons within its society that did not fit the pure Catholic role model.
We are reminded of similar actions taken by nations both before and after these events and it is incredible to see the same errors unfolding in exactly the same way.
This is certainly a most informative book and one that is sure to please anybody out there wishing to know how & why the legend of the Spanish Inquisition came to be.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Last of the Mohicans on 15 July 2010
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Dreadful, inaccurate, sensationalist and poorly written. If you don't believe me, read the synopsis on the Amazon page before you buy. It is obvious - to anyone who knows their history - just from this synopsis that this book is flawed and full of bias. Firstly it states religion rather than Catholicism, which sets you up for one of the most foolish efforts in this book to link the Spanish Inquisition to all religion, as so often today our culture sees religion as one great entity rather than vastly differing belief systems. This author is more than happy to feebly assert this same misunderstanding. It falls into the trap of sensationalising and mocking Catholicism - Dan Brown style - a throwback to post Henry VIII English intolerance. Secondly the figures are massively inflated and although I would agree there are more victims than can actually be proved, how you can go from a few thousand to tens of thousands is beyond me. Unfortunately the Inquisition was not the most terrifying thing in Europe and this is only the legacy of sensationalists - like this author - who keep this Da Vinci code history alive. I am not a Catholic, but as I research history, I find books like this a hindrance rather than a help. If your looking for some of the more subtle facts surrounding this Inquisition - a tool of state control of which there are many comparisons throughout history and today - this is not the book. However, if you are looking for bizarre, bias and overinflated religious bashing, then I guess this is the book for you. Massively disappointed, I had hoped I might have found a genuine look at some of the realities of the Inquisition in something other than journal form.
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By joy burnett on 31 Jan. 2014
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Clearly written and easily read. Full of fascinating facts and insight into the nonsense of religious dogma. A very good read
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