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
About the Author
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.