The Spanish Inquisition: A historical revision by Henry Kamen

The Spanish Inquisition: A historical revision by Henry Kamen

Since the sixteenth century, the Spanish Inquisition has been synonymous with terror, bigotry, and persecution.
Thirty-five years ago, Kamen wrote a study of the Inquisition that received high praise. This present work, based on over 30 years of new research, is not simply a complete revision of the earlier book. Innovative in its presentation, point of view, information, and themes, it will revolutionize further study in the field.
In this completely updated edition of Henry Kamen’s classic survey of the Spanish Inquisition, the author incorporates the latest research in multiple languages to offer a new-and thought-provoking view of this fascinating period.
Kamen sets the notorious Christian tribunal into the broader context of Islamic and Jewish culture in the Mediterranean, reassesses its consequences for Jewish culture, measures its impact on Spain’s intellectual life, and firmly rebuts a variety of myths and exaggerations that have distorted understandings of the Inquisition.
He concludes with disturbing reflections on the impact of state security organizations in our own time.

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