The Inquisition. A Global History, 1478-1834

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This is a comprehensive view of the tribunals of the Inquisition in southern Europe, Iberian America and the Portuguese colonies in Africa and Asia. It demonstrates that the Inquisition played a crucial role in the Catholic Reformation, imposing its own members in papal elections, reshaping ecclesiastical hierarchy, defining orthodoxy, controlling information and knowledge, influencing policies and framing daily life. The Inquisition is shown as an ever-evolving body, eager to enlarge its jurisdiction and obtain political support to implement its system of values, but also vulnerable to manipulation by rulers, cardinals and local social elite.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages491
EditionEnglish revised
ISBN (Print)978-0-521-74823-0
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Inquisition, Italy, Spain, Portugal, bureaucracy, edicts, rituals, etiquette, familiars, auto-da-fe, New3 Christians, Protestants, Moriscos, images


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