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Inquisition: The Reign of Fear

3.34  ·  Rating Details ·  136 Ratings  ·  18 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
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published August 1st 2007)
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Pam Baddeley
Sep 27, 2016 Pam Baddeley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
An ambitious narrative which sets out to document and dissect the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions from their inception (in the 15th century in Spain and the 16th century in Portugal) to their decline in the 18th century, and eventual abolition in the early 19th. It also includes the history of how these institutions operated in their overseas colonies in South America, Africa and India. The Inquisition in each territory, Spain and Portugal, differed in some respects although for much of the ...more
Nov 20, 2016 N.P. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!...

…Except, it would seem, the poor inhabitants that had the misfortune to live within the borders of the Spanish (and Portuguese) empires between the late fourteenth and early nineteenth centuries and hold views that ran contrary to the perceived wisdom of the Catholic church. Such was the hold that the church had on all facets of society over this period that there was not one element of their daily life that they did not control.

The Inquisition, by Toby
Jun 22, 2013 Margarida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inquisi-o, história
Uma obra extensa, com muitas notas e bibliografia, sobre um dos temas mais interessantes da História. A Inquisição existiu em Portugal e Espanha, bem como nas suas colónias por mais de 200 anos. Só foi abolida no início do século XIX, com o emergir dos ideais liberais e com as movimentações políticas que surgiram (Napoleão Bonaparte e as Invasões Francesas, por exemplo). Os alvos da Inquisição eram todos aqueles que eram "hereges", "inimigos da fé cristã" ou simplesmente aqueles que eram denunci ...more
Oct 03, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2015 Changeling72 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Green, a Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture at King's, has clearly done his research in this wide-ranging study. Ostensibly a tool of the Roman Catholic Church, Green's research soon makes it clear that the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions were, in fact, political devices of the Iberian monarchies. Thus, although rooting out heresy on the face of things, the Inquisitions' real purpose was to identify and entinguish any threat to the political stabliliy of Spain and Portugal. Fi ...more
May 14, 2009 Allysmom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2011 Jpp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
David Melbie
Dec 05, 2010 David Melbie rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 04, 2016 Krelnick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't finish it. Not very well put-together. It bounced around in time too much. It also seemed like a Catholic apologist take on the Inquisition. The author makes the point that the Spanish and Portugese Inquisitions were more about politics than religion. Over and over and over again. Tedious.
Anatoly v01
Историческая книга, написанная языком современной политики. Всё ждешь на следующем повороте Гитлера, а его всё нет.

Книга не создает ни чувства той эпохи, ни эмпатии. На цитаты из документов той эпохи автор тоже скуп, предпочитая рассказывать всё своими словами.

Пришлось бросить.
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.
Sep 20, 2009 Booksrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. A few ideas were cleared up, while some new knowledge was a real eye opener. Very good, but not light reading.
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.
Mar 20, 2011 Bob rated it liked it
I get it, I get it! The Spanish Inquisition was BAD. 450 pages? Ppppphhhhhtttzzz! What's on TV?
Nov 29, 2009 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I tried to read this thinking I wanted to learn about history... I just didn't find it very interesting.
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.
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Toby Green is the author of five previous works of non-fiction, and his work has been translated into ten languages. He teaches the history and culture of Portuguese-speaking Africa at King’s College London.
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