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The Spanish Inquisition

ISBN: 978-0-631-20599-9
184 pages
July 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
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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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List of Maps and Plates.

Acknowledgements.

Chronology.

1. The Historiography of the Inquisition.

2. The Inquisition as an Institution.

3. The Inquisition and the Converso.

4. The Inquisition and the Morisco.

5. The Inquisition and Protestantism.

6. The Inquisition and Minor Heresy.

7. The Decline and Abolition of the Inquisition.

Glossary.

Bibliography and References.

Index
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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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  • 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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"Rawlings has made a valuable contribution to the field. She has successfully constructed a thought-provoking, analytical précis 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)

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