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The road to the modern age of cultural harmony and acceptance is one of the finest feats of human progress, but having said that, there was once a time when the mere doubt of a religious figure's existence was not only punishable by law, it could very well cost a man his life. This was the crime of heresy.
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By Andres Slack on 11-25-17
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.
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By Kindle Customer on 04-26-18
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This book is an important summary of the cruel practices of religious intollerance by the Catholic church, mostly against Jews but also others, which continued from the 15th to the early 19th century. In these days when religious and ethnic intollerence is on the rise, this book becomes even more important as a cogent review, of how religious fundamentalism, which is on the rise today, may lead, and has led in the past, to true inhumanity in the name of God and country.