Description - The Spanish Inquisition by Helen Rawlings
Drawing on the latest research by American, British and European scholars, this book challenges the reputation of the Spanish Inquisition as an instrument of religious persecution, torture and repression. The author traces the history of the Spanish Inquisition from 1478 when it was founded, through its agenda against dissenters, to its demise and abolition in the early nineteenth century. Taking account of the work of a new generation of international historians, she demonstrates that the Inquisition was a far less brutal instrument of control than hitherto envisaged, that torture and the death penalty were only rarely applied, and then almost exclusively during the early years of its history. The book also draws attention to the wider role of the Inquisition as an educative force in society that strengthened the bonds between church and state.
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(216mm x 141mm x 11mm)
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Author Biography - Helen Rawlings
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).