The Spanish Inquisition: A History / Edition 1

The Spanish Inquisition: A History / Edition 1

by Joseph Pérez
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300119828

ISBN-13: 9780300119824

Pub. Date: 12/15/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press


This is the story of 350 years of terror. Established by papal bull in 1478, the first task of the Spanish Inquisition was to question Jewish converts to Christianity and to expose and execute those found guilty of reversion. Authorities then turned on Spanish Jews in general, sending 300,000 into exile. Next in line were humanists and Lutherans. No rank was…  See more details below

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This is the story of 350 years of terror. Established by papal bull in 1478, the first task of the Spanish Inquisition was to question Jewish converts to Christianity and to expose and execute those found guilty of reversion. Authorities then turned on Spanish Jews in general, sending 300,000 into exile. Next in line were humanists and Lutherans. No rank was exempt. Children informed on their parents, merchants on their rivals, and priests upon their bishops. Those denounced were guilty unless they could prove their innocence. Nearly 32,000 people were publicly burned at the stake; the “fortunate” ones were flogged, fined, or imprisoned.
Joseph Pérez tells the history of the Spanish Inquisition from its medieval beginnings to its nineteenth-century ending. He discovers its origins in fear and jealousy and its longevity in usefulness to the state. He explores the inner workings of its councils, and shows how its officers, inquisitors, and leaders lived and worked. He describes its techniques of interrogation and torture, and shows how it refined displays of punishment as instruments of social control. The author ends his fascinating account by assessing the impact of the Inquisition over three and a half centuries on Spain’s culture, economy, and intellectual life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300119824
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
658,369
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : from the Spain of three religions to inquisitorial Spain1
1The eradication of Semitism26
2Defending the faith58
3The administrative apparatus of the Holy Office101
4The trial133
5The Inquisition and society176
6The Inquisition and the political authorities196

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