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Inquisition: The Reign of Fear

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  79 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A journey across centuries of religious conflict

Toby Green’s incredible new book brings a vast panorama to life by focusing on the untold stories of individuals from all walks of life and every section of society who were affected by the Inquisition. From witches in Mexico, bigamists in Brazil, Freemasons, Hindus, Jews, Moslems and Protestants, the Inquisition reached ev
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Mike
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., etc., so there was a lot of ground to ...more
Gustavo Nascimento
Que a Inquisição foi uma mancha terrível na história na Igreja e da Humanidade eu sempre soube, o que me surpreendeu é que talvez a maior parte das vítimas tenha sido de pessoas que seguiam fielmente a doutrina católica, mas foram perseguidas por sua origem, por falsas denúncias de inimigos ou pela absurda corrupção dos inquisidores. O livro é bem fácil de ler sendo baseado principalmente em exemplos de casos de pessoas comuns que ficaram registrados nos arquivos da Inquisição, acompanhando este ...more
Jpp
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 anti-catholic and anti-latin clichés...
His conclusion about the terrible impact of Inquisition on the cultural and even economic decli
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Allysmom
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 expan ...more
David Melbie
Dec 05, 2010 David Melbie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historians
Recommended to David by: Picked myself
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 bad -- at least for a 300-year 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 well-thought out book. --From A Reader's Journal, by d r melbie.
Ricardo Jorge
Sem dúvida um assunto denso, mas que traz uma visão historiográfica sobre esses acontecimentos. Observando onde, como e porque a Inquisição atuou durante os séc. XV até o séc. XIX em regiões dentro e fora da Europa.
Daniel DeLappe
Koontz is always a good read, but this one was anti-climatic. Always love the dogs in his books-the uber intellegent kids I can do without.
Booksrock
Fascinating. A few ideas were cleared up, while some new knowledge was a real eye opener. Very good, but not light reading.
Kim
I tried to read this thinking I wanted to learn about history... I just didn't find it very interesting.
Bob
I get it, I get it! The Spanish Inquisition was BAD. 450 pages? Ppppphhhhhtttzzz! What's on TV?
Clint
Sep 26, 2012 Clint is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I'll admit that I'm reading this even though people will think I'm some kind of sicko.
Ronan Mcdonnell
An expansive subject, but a book lost in personal detail and local tragedy.
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