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Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of Pages: 184
Width: 17.3 cm
Height: 22.2 cm
This book challenges the reputation of the Spanish Inquisition as an instrument of religious persecution, torture and repression and looks at its wider role as an educative force in society. A reassessment of the history of the Spanish Inquisition. This book challenges the reputation of the Inquisition as an instrument of religious persecution, torture and repression. It looks at the wider role of the Inquisition as an educative force in society. It draws on the findings of recent research by American, British and European scholars. It includes original documentary evidence in translation.
"Rawlings has made a valuable contribution to the field. She has successfully constructed a thought-provoking, analytical precis of some of the most essential studies of her subject. She has emphasized the complicated and contingent nature of the Inquisition's practices in a manner accessible to any interested reader." (European History Quarterly, January 2009) "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)