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The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision (original 1965; edition 1999)

by Henry Kamen (Author)

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"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"--… (more)
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Title:The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision
Authors:Henry Kamen (Author)
Info:Yale University Press (1999), Edition: 1997, First, 392 pages
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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.
  GalenWiley | Apr 9, 2015 |
This is a very well researched study of a notorious historical event by a repected British historian. In it the author traces the Inquisition's various classes of victims. These included the conversos (recent Jewish converts to Catholicism, who composed the majority of the Inquisition's victims), followers of the humanist Erasmus, Lutherans and other Protestants (including foreigners), Moriscos (recent Muslim converts), and Catholics whom the tribunal deemed ``heretical,'' often on flimsy evidence. The history demonstrates a particular example of the treatment of "the other" in history. Notably this history provides context for assessing the "Spanish" inquisition by comparison with other examples of intolerance; in the Netherlands there was an equally brutal inquisition. The Protestant mythologizing of the Inquisition is criticized while Kamen occasionally over-relativizes the Inquisition, going so far as to say that it created no new problems for Spain. Yet the strengths of Kamen's work, which undoubtedly will prove controversial, far exceed its shortcomings. This is a well-written history of an infamous event and worth consideration by all who are interested in European or politico-religious history. ( )
  jwhenderson | Feb 28, 2013 |
Cover design by Francis Mosley
  chase.donaldson | Apr 25, 2010 |
Kamen's is a foundational work in the literature of the Inquisition. Other scholarship has since revised some of Kamen's theses; however his remains worthy of attention of the serious student of the subject ( )
  AlexTheHunn | Mar 1, 2006 |
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"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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