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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 January 1st 1964)
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Aug 24, 2015 Antigone rated it liked it
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When published out of London in September of 1937, Cecil Roth pleaded with his reader to believe this was a true history and not a work of satire based upon current conditions. The word "Aryan" had risen to the surface in certain sectors; persecution was in the air and, while satire may not have been the order of his day, Mr. Roth was most assuredly launching this labor toward warning of things to come. One can tell by the tone of the writing - its insistence, its outrage, its occasional florid ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 25, 2014 Fred rated it really liked it
Cecil Roth was wonderful. Oh, and nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.
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Jan 19, 2016 Mark Dickman rated it really liked it
Chilling period in history described by a master stylest.
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Sep 25, 2015 John E rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Organization was straightforward: Origins, Persecuted groups, Domestic and Colonial spread, slow demise. It never fails to impress me just how war fearful men will go to insist on their rightness and their need to destroy any opposition. Monty Python had it backwards: One should Always Expect an Inquisition!
Jan 08, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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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