Inquisition

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University of California Press, Apr 14, 1989 - History - 362 pages
This impressive volume is actually three histories in one: of the legal procedures, personnel, and institutions that shaped the inquisitorial tribunals from Rome to early modern Europe; of the myth of The Inquisition, from its origins with the anti-Hispanists and religious reformers of the sixteenth century to its embodiment in literary and artistic masterpieces of the nineteenth century; and of how the myth itself became the foundation for a "history" of the inquisitions.
 

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Contents

The Law of Rome and the Latin Christian Church
11
Dissent Heterodoxy and the Medieval Inquisitorial Office
40
The Inquisitions in Iberia and the New World
75
The Roman and Italian Inquisitions
105
The Invention of The Inquisition
122
The Inquisition the Toleration Debates and
155
The Inquisition in Literature and Art
189
Four
231
From Myth to History
263
Materials for a Meditation
296
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About the author (1989)

Edward Peters, author of the highly acclaimed Torture, is Henry Charles Lea Professor of Medieval History at the University of Pennsylvania.

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