The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision, Fourth Edition by Henry Kamen

The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision, Fourth Edition

byHenry Kamen

Kobo ebook | May 27, 2014

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In this completely updated edition of Henry Kamen’s classic survey of the Spanish Inquisition, the author incorporates the latest research in multiple languages to offer a new—and thought-provoking—view of this fascinating period. Kamen sets the notorious Christian tribunal into the broader context of Islamic and Jewish culture in the Mediterranean, reassesses its consequences for Jewish culture, measures its impact on Spain’s intellectual life, and firmly rebuts a variety of myths and exaggerations that have distorted understandings of the Inquisition. He concludes with disturbing reflections on the impact of state security organizations in our own time.
Title:The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision, Fourth EditionFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 27, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300182872

ISBN - 13:9780300182873

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perhaps the best revisionist account of the Inquisition I have read the 1999 edition of this book and I liked it it is well written and readable. It belongs to the revisionist school of works on the Spanish Inquisition which holds that the Inquisition was not nearly the powerful and fear inspiring police force that it was considered to be and while brutal at times it was no more brutal than other judicial institutions at the time. Kamen makes his points well and while he is part of the revisionist school he never tries to whitewash or downplay the real brutalities of the Inquisition like burning at the stake, false denunciations, unjust deprivation of property, the sham, justice of inquisitorial procedure and the explusion and persecution of the Moriscos and Conversos. While I don't agree with everything in this book and it is a bit long, it is definitely worth reading if you want to view the inquisition as more than the one seen in Monty Python. Recommended
Date published: 2017-01-30