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I expected that this paper (certainly not long enough to be called a book) would synthesize or incorporate in some manner the recent scholarship that has shed much light on the Inquisitions. Instead, the author provides little more than Voltaire's Candide account of the Spanish Inquisition supplemented with some names and dates. Anyone not knowing better will walk away ill-informed, making this paper worse than a waste of time and money. Do yourself a favor and view the lectures from professor Thomas F Madden for a more enlightened recounting of the Inquisitions. It's a shame that universities have stamped out studies on the Middle Ages; I would very much like to get more on this topic from other historians.
If you want a brief introduction to the topic you should start with this book. It's relatively short and provides good information on why did it start at all, how it began, how was it conducted, the interrogation methods, it's more famous enemies, and how it ended (although that section is short).
The narration makes it even more interesting.
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