Spanish Inquisition

Sara Nalle

in Renaissance and Reformation

ISBN: 9780195399301
Published online August 2011 | | DOI:
Spanish Inquisition

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Since its papal authorization in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition has been controversial. A religious court established at the request of the Spanish crown to punish apostate converts from Judaism, the institution over the years continually reinvented itself to confront perceived threats to religious orthodoxy, social harmony, and even national security. As a result, since its final abolition in 1834 the institution has continued to fascinate, with new scholarly and popular works on the subject being published every year. Anyone desiring to study the Spanish Inquisition should be aware of the polemical, even sensational, nature of many works, particularly those published before 1975, when ideological partisanship continued to influence authors’ agendas and assumptions. For this reason, few works dating before the revolution in Inquisitorial studies that began in the 1970s are indexed in this bibliography.

Article.  8631 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy

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