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The Spanish Inquisition

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From its establishment in 1478 until its abolishment in 1834, no one expected its tribunals, which relentlessly sought to destroy everyone who was not a Roman Catholic Christian.

The terrible history of the Inquisition is told here by the distinguished scholar Cecil Roth, who was Reader in Jewish Studies at Oxford University.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 17th 1996 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published December 28th 1994)
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I’ve never read a history of the Inquisition before. My encounters were usually via footnotes, other histories, and of course Dostoevsky’s great “Grand Inquisitor” chapter from the The Brothers Karamazov. I expected any such history to be “bad,” but I was unprepared for just how bad the Inquisition was. This was one of the most repugnant histories I have ever read. But it’s also a necessary one. Cecil Roth’s effort was written in 1937, when the darkness falling over Europe was unmistakable. Clea ...more
Cecil Roth was wonderful. Oh, and nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
There are several books on the Inquisition that pale in comparison to Roth's. Cecil Roth is a Jew and this was first published in 1944 or 45 (I can't recall exactly) which again was a less than happy time for Jews.
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Cecil Roth (5 March 1899 – 21 June 1970),[1] was a British Jewish historian.

A prolific writer, Roth published more than 600 books and articles, which have been translated into many languages, including histories of the Jews in England (1941) and Italy (1946), A History of the Marranos (3d ed. 1966), The Jews in the Renaissance (1959), Jewish Art (1961), and The Dead Sea Scrolls (1965).

He was educa
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