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God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

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Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews — and with burning at the stake — its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance, censorship, and “scientific” interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. Traveling from freshly opened Vatican archives to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the filing cabinets of the Third Reich, the acclaimed writer Cullen Murphy traces the Inquisition and its legacy, showing that not only did its offices survive into the twentieth century, but in the modern world its spirit is more influential than ever.

With the combination of vivid immediacy and learned analysis that characterized his acclaimed Are We Rome?, Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past and argues that only by understanding the Inquisition can we hope to explain the making of the present.

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A narrative history of the Inquisition, and an examination of the influence it exerted on contemporary society, by the author of ARE WE ROME?

Synopsis:

Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews--and with burning at the stake--its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance and censorship and "scientific" interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution.

With vivid immediacy and authority, Cullen Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past. Gods Jury encompasses the diverse stories of the Knights Templar, Torquemada, Galileo, and Graham Greene. By understanding the Inquisition, Murphy argues, we come face to face with forces that shape the modern world. 

About the Author

Cullen Murphy is the editor at large at Vanity Fair and the former managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of Are We Rome?, The Word According to Eve, and the essay collection Just Curious.

Table of Contents

1. Standard Operating Procedure • 1

The Paper Trail

2. A Stake in the Ground • 25

The Medieval Inquisition

3. Queen of Torments • 65

The Spanish Inquisition

4. That Satanic Device • 103

The Roman Inquisition

5. The Ends of the Earth • 143

The Global Inquisition

6. War on Error • 183

The Secular Inquisition

7. With God on Our Side • 224

The Inquisition and the Modern World

Notes • 253

Bibliography • 285

Index • 295

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547844589
Author:
Murphy, Cullen
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
World History-European History General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1 lb

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A narrative history of the Inquisition, and an examination of the influence it exerted on contemporary society, by the author of ARE WE ROME?
"Synopsis" by , Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews--and with burning at the stake--its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance and censorship and "scientific" interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution.

With vivid immediacy and authority, Cullen Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past. Gods Jury encompasses the diverse stories of the Knights Templar, Torquemada, Galileo, and Graham Greene. By understanding the Inquisition, Murphy argues, we come face to face with forces that shape the modern world. 

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