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by Edward Burman

The Inquisition inspired fear for centuries. This clear and objective account of the most notorious institutions of medieval Europe now called "The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith" covers its activities in Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Latin America.
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ISBN: 075093722X
ISBN13: 978-0750937221
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Edward Burman
Language: English
Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; UK ed. edition (June 30, 2004)
Pages: 160 pages
ePUB size: 1923 kb
FB2 size: 1405 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 703
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I took an Inquisition class for my MA degree. I wanted to understand the subject before I took the class, so I read this book. It is an OK book, but it is written in a very scholarly way, so the reading did not progress quickly. However, I understood why the Roman Catholic Church did what it did to ensure there were no philosophical differences within its own people. The Inquisition was meant to silence those people, and the book describes how it did this. It details the case by case with the Catholic countries that used the Inquisition. The Inquisition ran its course until Napoleon finally put an end to it in Spain.

This is an OK read about one of man's injustice to his fellow man.
This is a good book. I found what I expected from a book of less than 250 pages, an atractive overview of the Inquisition's history. Here you read the not very noble beginnings of the Franciscans and Domenicans orders, the early history with names like Bernard Gui and later the famous, rather infamous, Spanish Inquisition and Thomas de Torquemada. If there is something we maybe all know about Spain, that is the Inquisition that lasted for hundred of years, a ruthless institution that left hundreds of deads and a country submerge in the ignorance where the only knowledge was divine revelation. It's a real shame what happened and the way many people died, sometimes in shows known as "auto de fe". The book cover the whole inquisition in Europe, is very well organized, with a refreshing conclusion, index and references.
This book did provide a good overview to the novice reader (such as myself). However, it could of done a better job extracting more detail and meanings to this horrible event. The book had good information about trials, sentencing, courts and so forth. However, the important content such as political, cultural and social and economical factors to the Inuquisition could of been better expanded.
I would recommend other readings unless your selection at your library is limited. This book is certainly better than Average.