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4.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Expects the Spanish Inquistion, 21 Mar. 2012
This review is from: God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World (Hardcover)
Gods Jury covers not only the expected `Spanish Inquisition', but the medieval, Portuguese, Roman Inquisitions and more. It gives insight into the self perpetuating bureaucracy which provided organised religion with so much political power throughout the centuries. Not only historically interesting but shockingly relevant today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The inquisition - its history and relevance today, 8 Mar. 2012
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This review is from: God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World (Hardcover)
This is an excellent book. The motivations for the inquistions which took place around the world, particularly in Spain, and the ways in which they went about their gruesome business are described here superbly.

The Domincans were in charge of dealing with what was considered to be the hertical beliefs of the Cathars; the Jesuits took up the same task in respect of protestants. They were not equally successful in achieving their aims. As the author asks, 'have you ever met a Cathar'?

The effects of the inquisition itself, and the willingness of states and individuals up to the present day to take measures which limit personal freedoms and even the right to life, in response to real or percieved threats, is made clear.

Whilst providing a broadly chronological history of the inquisition and making excellent use of Vatican archive material, the author weaves subsequent events into the narrative, keeping it lively and engaging throughout. The references to the present day are varied and interesting; extraordinary rendition, water boarding, and even current popular culture are used to show how the inquisition remains part of our modern experience, whilst maintaining a gravitas worthy of the subject matter throughout.

A superb book -highly recommended
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all...., 15 Feb. 2013
Not the easiest style of writing to enjoy - though not quite as impenetrable as others have noted. Great content, very well researched.
A bit disappointed with the kindle version as the bibliography is included in the percentage remaining. So the final chapter came as a surprise with some % read remaining
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God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World by Cullen Murphy (Hardcover - 2 Feb. 2012)
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