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The Spanish Inquisition (Historical Association Studies)by Helen Rawlings
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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 1478when 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 societythat strengthened the bonds between church and state.
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.
About the Author
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).
Table of Contents
List of Maps and Plates.
1 The Historiography of the Inquisition.
Sixteenth and Seventeenth-century Literature.
The Black Legend.
Eighteenth and Nineteenth-century Literature.
The Inquisitorial Data-bank.
The Four Seasons of the Inquisition.
2 The Inquisition as an Institution.
The Office of Inquisitor General.
The Council of Inquisition.
The Inquisition in the Provinces.
The Procedures of the Inquisition.
The Auto de Fe.
The Finances of the Inquisition.
Inquisitors General of Castile and Aragón, 1483--1818 (Appendix).
3 The Inquisition and the Converso.
Anti-semitic Tensions in Spanish Society.
The Statutes of Limpieza de Sangre.
The Beginnings of the Spanish Inquisition.
The Expulsion of the Jews.
The Portuguese New Christians.
4 The Inquisition and the Morisco.
1492--1525: Coexistence and Conversion.
1560--1570: Coercion and Revolt in Granada.
1570--1600: The End of Tolerance in Aragón.
1600-1609: The Route to Expulsion.
1609--1614: The Aftermath.
5 The Inquisition and Protestantism.
Illuminism and Humanism under Attack.
Innovation in Religious Life Condemned.
The Protestant Challenge, 1558--1559.
Inquisitorial Censorship and the 1559 Index.
Biblical Scholarship under Scrutiny.
6 The Inquisition and Minor Heresy.
(b) Bigamy and Sexual Promiscuity.
(d) Superstition and Witchcraft.
7 The Decline and Abolition of the Inquisition.
The Inquisition under the Bourbons.
The Cortes of Cádiz, 1810--1813.
Restoration and Abolition, 1814--1823.
The balance of History.
Bibliography and References.
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