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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; Unabridged edition (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145260682X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452606828
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,552,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucid and provocative, blistering, cogent and powerful ... A persuasive argument that we still live in the world the inquisition made - a world of us and them, of moral self-righteousness and intellectual intolerance (Sunday Times)

A grand and scary tour of inquisitorial moments, racing back and forth in history from Torquemada to Dick Cheney (Adam Gopnik New Yorker)

Witty ... deeply serious ... incisive (Patricia Cohen New York Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Cullen Murphy has an unusual talent for dealing in surprising ways with historical comparisons of past and present in lucid and lively prose . . . This is very high-end, appealing and thought-provoking popular history. "Washington Post"
Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews and with burning at the stake its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance, censorship, and scientific interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. Traveling from freshly opened Vatican archives to the detention camps of Guantanamo to the filing cabinets of the Third Reich, the acclaimed writer Cullen Murphy traces the Inquisition and its legacy, showing that not only did its offices survive into the twentieth century, but in the modern world its spirit is more influential than ever.
With the combination of vivid immediacy and learned analysis that characterized his acclaimed "Are We Rome?," Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past and argues that only by understanding the Inquisition can we hope to explain the making of the present.
Entertaining and formidably smart. Bloomberg.com
Cullen Murphy masterfully traces the social, legal and political evolution of the Inquisition and the inquisitorial process from its origins in late-medieval Christian France to its eerily familiar, secular cousin in the modern world. "San Francisco Chronicle"
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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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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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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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The detailed insights leading to how the Inquisition still effects us today was scary, and
illuminating.
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Everope should rear this book
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