Inquisition

Paperback | November 28, 2000

byMichael Baigent, Richard Leigh

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After the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars of south-west France in 1208, a Spanish monk - later canonized as St Dominic - took up the cudgels by establishing a kind of secret police to ferret out heresy - thus began the infamous Inquisition. Baigent and Leigh tell the whole extraordinary story, taking it on into the nineteenth century and showing how after the Doctrine of Papal Infallibility in 1870 the Vatican attempted to establish new authorities that were an intellectual equivalent of the Inquisition. The Inquisition offers a fascinating narrative account of one of the most influential and horrifying movements in the history of western Europe.

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After the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars of south-west France in 1208, a Spanish monk - later canonized as St Dominic - took up the cudgels by establishing a kind of secret police to ferret out heresy - thus began the infamous Inquisition. Baigent and Leigh tell the whole extraordinary story, taking it on into the nineteenth c...

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Torture in custody, faking evidence, enforced betrayal of family and neighbours, and mass execution - such things are the tools of murderous dictators and police states. But for hundreds of years they were also the tools of the Inquisitors of the Roman Catholic Church, used by them against heretics, Protestants and witches - indeed, an...

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:PaperbackPublished:November 28, 2000Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140274669

ISBN - 13:9780140274660

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