The Spanish Inquisition / Edition 1

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This book challenges the reputation of the Spanish Inquisition as an instrument of religious persecution, torture and repressionand looks at its wider role as an educative force in society.

  • A reassessment of the history of the Spanish Inquisition.
  • Challenges the reputation of the Inquisition as an instrument of religious persecution, torture and repression.
  • Looks at the wider role of the Inquisition as an educative force in society.
  • Draws on the findings of recent research by American, British and European scholars.
  • Includes original documentary evidence in translation.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Helen Rawlings combines a thoughtful reading of the vast secondary literature on the Spanish Inquisition with an adroit deployment of samples from the sources and with formidable statistical information. The Spanish Inquisition is a thorough, balanced, and insightful rendering of one of the most controversial topics in history. An excellent book!" Teofilo F Ruiz, University of California, Los Angeles

"Offers insights into a much mythologised and maligned phenomenon and, historiographically, it's bang up to date."
BBC History Magazine

"Helen Rawling's The Spanish Inquisition is an excellent introduction to this complex and controversial subject." H-Net Reviews

"Solid virtues and thoughtful care ... have gone into this contribution."
Bulletin of Spanish Studies

"Makes for compelling reading and for a perfect test case against which to measure all the revisionist history that Rawlings so aptly summarises." Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631206002
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/11/2005
  • Series: Historical Association Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Rawlings is a Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Leicester. Her previous publications include Church, Religion and Society in Early Modern Spain (2002).

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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Plates.



1 The Historiography of the Inquisition.


Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Literature.

The Black Legend.

Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century Literature.

Twentieth-century Scholarship.

The Inquisitorial Data-bank.

The Four Seasons of the Inquisition.


2 The Inquisition as an Institution.

The Office of Inquisitor General.

The Council of Inquisition.

The Inquisition in the Provinces.

The Procedures of the Inquisition.

The Auto de Fe.

The Finances of the Inquisition.

Inquisitors General of Castile and Aragón, 1483—1818 (Appendix).

3 The Inquisition and the Converso.

Anti-semitic Tensions in Spanish Society.

The Statutes of Limpieza de Sangre.

The Beginnings of the Spanish Inquisition.

The Expulsion of the Jews.

The Portuguese New Christians.

4 The Inquisition and the Morisco.

1492—1525: Coexistence and Conversion.

1526—1550: Respite.

1560—1570: Coercion and Revolt in Granada.

1570—1600: The End of Tolerance in Aragón.

1600-1609: The Route to Expulsion.

1609—1614: The Aftermath.

5 The Inquisition and Protestantism.

Illuminism and Humanism under Attack.

Innovation in Religious Life Condemned.

The Protestant Challenge, 1558—1559.

Inquisitorial Censorship and the 1559 Index.

Biblical Scholarship under Scrutiny.

6 The Inquisition and Minor Heresy.

Religious Instruction.

Religious Deviance:.

(a) Blasphemy.

(b) Bigamy and Sexual Promiscuity.

(c) Solicitation.

(d) Superstition and Witchcraft.

7 The Decline and Abolition of the Inquisition.

The Inquisition under the Bourbons.

The Cortes of Cádiz, 1810—1813.

Restoration and Abolition, 1814—1823.

Goya’s Inquisition.

The balance of History.

Bibliography and References.



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