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The Inquisition by [Baigent, Michael, Leigh, Richard]
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About the Author

Michael Baigent is a New Zealander who has lived in the UK since 1976, and Richard Leigh an American who has also been here for many years. Together they collaborated on the international bestseller THE HOLY BLOOD and THE HOLY GRAIL. Baigent lives in Winchester, Hampshire, Leigh in London NW3.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7751 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (2 Nov. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140274669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140274660
  • ASIN: B002XHNNA2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By S. Bailey VINE VOICE on 28 April 2007
Format: Paperback
Baigent and Leigh are perhaps most famous for being two-thirds of the authors of the infamous The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail, a work not noted for its adherence to strict historical method, or indeed strict history. So I was intrigued to see how they would handle this more factual area. Depressingly, the answer turned out to be less with science than with tabloid sensationalism.

This book alleges to be a wide-ranging study of the activities of the Papal and Spanish Inquisitions from the time of their creation in the thirteenth century to their modern day incarnation. However, my doubts were raised before we'd even left the introduction, as I read:

"Dostoyevsky's Grand Inquisitor has seared itself into our collective consciousness as the definite image and embodiment of the Inquisition." [p. xiv]

Frankly, the only Inquisitor burned into my mind is Michael Palin's soft cushion-brandishing one, and in any case, what has this to do with the historical issues they are supposed to be examining? This was not the last example of this, sadly: works of Umberto Eco, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Arthur Miller and André Gide being waved around in a quite inexplicable manner, as though they were primary sources!

When, finally, we do come to some history, this is sadly lacking. There might be nothing wrong with the facts cited by Baigent and Leigh, or with the conclusions they draw from them - but they've given no proof of that. Almost without exception, no sources are cited: when the odd direct quote does appear and has a footnote, this turns out to be a secondary source.
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A masterly work that gives both an overview of the Inquisition and plenty of useful details about its various aspects. Well-researched and thorough, as well as being well written. The ideas are well organised and the story is told in such a way that one can follow the thread of the argument, or of the action, whilst effortlessly learning a great deal at the same time. Thank you Michael Baigent for making available your depth of understanding of this subject!
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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!
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Begins as a highly readable and light study of the reasons for the formation of the various European inquistions as well as a survey of the religious orders which propelled it, but then loses steam completely by the third quarter once the the late 18th century spells the inquisitions' doom.Also the authors are exceedingly squeamish about the actual tortures used, for lets be honest, part of the enormous fascination of this subject is its grisly blood spattered chambers of horror. The last part is made up of some tedious rants against the evils of this pope or that cardinal and bits and bobs of the authors' own previous books used obviously to both pad out and push the sales. Love the engraving though, of the witchfinder and the names of the imps he has cast out:Pyewackett,Jarmara,Pecke in the Crowne,Vinegar Tom.
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