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[Toby Green] ✓ Inquisition: The Reign of Fear [harlequin-medical-romance PDF] Ebook Epub Download ☆ Fascinating.
A few ideas were cleared up, while some new knowledge was a real eye opener.
Very good, but not light reading.
I didn't finish it.
Not very well puttogether.
It bounced around in time too much.
It also seemed like a Catholic apologist take on the Inquisition.
The author makes the point that the Spanish and Portugese Inquisitions were more about politics than religion.
Over and over and over again.
Be careful what you wish for.
I wanted a book that would give me an overview of the Inquisition, a subject about which I knew very little, and that’s exactly what I got.
The problem is that the Inquisition lasted for centuries and was established in every Spanish and Portuguese colony as well as the homeland, and during those three hundred plus years the Inquisition moved from one target to the next—Jews, Muslims, Lutherans, intellectuals, homosexuals, etc.
, so there was a lot of ground to cover, so much ground that, though I was often interested in what I was reading, I was also lost at times as well as just plain bored.
I think I expected a little more from this book.
I gave it 2 stars because I'm not done with it yet.
It's fairly descriptive when discussing the torture techniques and seems to have some good source information.
So far, I've gathered that the book is mostly concentrating on Spain and Portugal Inquisition, which, to be honest the inquisition was spread through a large area.
I just haven't gotten to that in the book yet.
I'll be disappointed if I get to the end and it never really covers the expanse of the inquisition.
Green, a Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture at King's, has clearly done his research in this wideranging study.
Ostensibly a tool of the Roman Catholic Church, Green's research soon makes it clear that the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions were, in fact, political devices of the Iberian monarchies.
Thus, although rooting out heresy on the face of things, the Inquisitions' real purpose was to identify and entinguish any threat to the political stabliliy of Spain and Portugal.
First focusing on the Conversos (Jews who had converted to Christianity and their descendants) and later Moriscos (Muslim converts and their descendants) and Lutherans, the Inquisition essentially created threats where there were none, thus satisfying the need of the masses to blame someone or something for all their
Tremendous historical and intellectual accomplishment.
The research heft alone is worth 3 stars.
Unfortunately, too much of the resulting text and storytelling was plodding, repetitive, and overly preachy.
Green made the same (valid) point 300 times, and it got tiresome quickly.
But I'm still glad I read it, for the sheer knowledge dump and the depth and breadth of the account.
Without great additions to the master work of Bartolomé Benassar, Toby Green had made an interesting review of some pathetic individual stories of Inquisition's victim.
Unfortunately unable to have a larger view, forgetting to put these events in their larger context, trying to stick slavery or torture as Iberic innovations, he finally fall in the most ridiculous anticatholic and antilatin clichés.
His conclusion about the terrible impact of Inquisition on the cultural and even economic decline of Spain and Portugal is howewer a great point.
Fascinating! Whenever the Inquisition is brought up, it is always in such a way as to make it sound like a form of corrupt religion and makes the Catholics look pretty badat least for a 300year period, or so.
But Green asserts in this excellent book that the Inquisition was more to do with politics, racism, power, control, and mostly in Spain and its colonies.
I read it quickly only because it is a wellthought out book.
From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie.
…Except, it would seem, the poor inhabitants that had the misfortune to live within the borders of the Spanish (and Portuguese) empires between the late fourteenth and early nineteenth centuries and hold views that ran contrary to the perceived wisdom of the Catholic church.
Such was the hold that the church had on all facets of society over this period that there was not one element of their daily life that they did not control.
The Inquisition, by Toby Green, tells the story of how the state in the form of the Roman Catholic Church in Spain and Portugal as well as the Spanish monarchy created an organisation to enforce their doctrine on millions of inhabitants in both the motherland and the colonies that were gained over time.
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