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Racey Inquisition overview which ends silly & irrelevent,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Inquisition (Paperback)
This single volume history of the inquisition starts well, with racey portraits of the perscution of the Cathars, the roles of the Dominicans and Jesuits and the political background to the founding of the Spanish inquisition. However, it is frequently marred by the use of irrelevent modern parallels (especially the Nazi Holocaust and the term 'ethnic cleansing') and an apparently unquestioning use of contemporary accounts.
The second half of the book tails off, though, as the rather non-eventful activities of the inquisition in the New World and England are chronicled and ends with absurdly long descriptions of the frankly comical Vatican forbidden books list and the tired old story of the Dead Sea Scrolls conspiracy (cut and pasted from the authors' previous work, I imagine). The authors justify the inclusion of these latter episodes on the basis that they were carried out by the beaurocratic descendents of the Holy office but they really have no place here. One can only assume this book was finished before the film 'Stigmata' dredged up the Dead Sea Scrolls Vatican conspiracy stuff again or the authors would have cited Gabriel Byrne as a source!