ISBN-10:
1573927783
ISBN-13:
9781573927789
Pub. Date:
05/28/2002
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness

Holy Horrors: An Illustrated History of Religious Murder and Madness

by James A. Haught
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Overview

When you think of saints, you envision stained-glass pictures of piety. But the truth can be horribly different. Consider Saint Pius V: As Grand Inquisitor, he sent Catholic troops to kill 2,000 Waldensian Protestants in southern Italy. After becoming pope, he sent Catholic troops to kill Huguenot Protestants in France. Pius also launched the final crusade against Muslims, sending a Christian naval armada to slaughter thousands in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. And, he intensified the Roman Inquisition, torturing and burning Catholics whose beliefs varied from official dogma. After his death, Pius was canonized a saint. Heaven help us.

Holy Horrors chronicles the grim spectrum of religious persecution from ancient times to the present, including such historic massacres as the Crusades, the Islamic jihads, the Catholic wars against heretics, the Inquisition, witch hunts, the Reformation, and such atrocities as the Holocaust, the seemingly insoluble Catholic-Protestant schism in Northern Ireland, religious tribalism in Lebanon, and the barbaric cruelty of the theocracy in Iran. The antique woodcuts, paintings, prints, and contemporary photographs that illustrate the book are at once gruesome and riveting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573927789
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 05/28/2002
Pages: 661
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James A. Haught (Charleston, WV) is the editor of the Charleston Gazette, West Virginia’s largest newspaper. He is the author of 2000 Years of Disbelief: Famous People with the Couruge to Doubt and four other books.

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Devil_llama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A short, easy to read volume that details instances of religiously inspired violence throughout history. The author does not stint the religions commonly thought of as non-violent, including Buddhism in his catalog of horrors.