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The Inquisition * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. The Roman Catholic Inquisition was one of the most controversial organizations in human history. Although it has been painted in a negative light, the Inquisition was too broad in scope to define as simply good or The Inquisition * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. The Roman Catholic Inquisition was one of the most controversial organizations in human history. Although it has been painted in a negative light, the Inquisition was too broad in scope to define as simply good or bad. It was a period where conflict and bloodshed were inevitable. It was a time where war, famine, plague, and poverty were common factors of human life. From the 1180s to the 1830s, the Inquisition was the judicial arm of the Catholic Church. Created to root out and punish heretics within the Catholic faith, the Inquisition became an institution that would carve its name into history. Inside you will read about... ✓ The Conception of the Inquisition ✓ The Hammer of Witches ✓ The Spanish Inquisition ✓ The Portuguese Inquisition ✓ The Roman Inquisition ✓ Shades of the Inquisition in Modern Society And much more! Throughout its many variations, the Inquisition took hold in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy and in the process, both hastened and stunted progress in Western society. The Inquisition was as multi-faceted in its failure as it was in its successes. Though it was responsible for the deaths of thousands, it was also responsible for the sparing of thousands more. The Inquisition put to death some of the brightest minds of the time, and yet their brutality quickened the pace of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. In short, the Inquisition was many things—easy to define is not one of them. This concise, compressed guidebook reveals the history, failures, and successes of the Roman Catholic Inquisition from its birth to its final death rattle.


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The Inquisition * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. The Roman Catholic Inquisition was one of the most controversial organizations in human history. Although it has been painted in a negative light, the Inquisition was too broad in scope to define as simply good or The Inquisition * * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * * Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet. The Roman Catholic Inquisition was one of the most controversial organizations in human history. Although it has been painted in a negative light, the Inquisition was too broad in scope to define as simply good or bad. It was a period where conflict and bloodshed were inevitable. It was a time where war, famine, plague, and poverty were common factors of human life. From the 1180s to the 1830s, the Inquisition was the judicial arm of the Catholic Church. Created to root out and punish heretics within the Catholic faith, the Inquisition became an institution that would carve its name into history. Inside you will read about... ✓ The Conception of the Inquisition ✓ The Hammer of Witches ✓ The Spanish Inquisition ✓ The Portuguese Inquisition ✓ The Roman Inquisition ✓ Shades of the Inquisition in Modern Society And much more! Throughout its many variations, the Inquisition took hold in France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy and in the process, both hastened and stunted progress in Western society. The Inquisition was as multi-faceted in its failure as it was in its successes. Though it was responsible for the deaths of thousands, it was also responsible for the sparing of thousands more. The Inquisition put to death some of the brightest minds of the time, and yet their brutality quickened the pace of the Renaissance and the Enlightenment. In short, the Inquisition was many things—easy to define is not one of them. This concise, compressed guidebook reveals the history, failures, and successes of the Roman Catholic Inquisition from its birth to its final death rattle.

30 review for The Inquisition: A History From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Barnes

    Very interesting This Book was packed from cover to cover with Immensely valuable and interesting information if your interested in this Topic or period in history check this out

  2. 5 out of 5

    Manolo González

    1st hourly History book Ive ever read, its not bad a all, good synthesis and its perfect to read something quick if you dont wanna go to wikipedia, BUT the big problem is NONE of bibliography, so sometimes I dont know if they used realiable sources. So just read it if you dont really care.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Igor

    Not bad for one hour reading.

  4. 4 out of 5

    James Crawford

    The Inquisition is something that shows just how bad organized religion can become. The Inquisition lasted from 1184 to 1826. No exact number of people killed under its auspices is known but the number is probably in the thousands. (10,000 seems to be a reasonable number according to some articles I read although the number who died in prison was probably at least 10 times that many as were actually killed outright.) The Inquisition targeted any group that dared to speak out against the Catholic The Inquisition is something that shows just how bad organized religion can become. The Inquisition lasted from 1184 to 1826. No exact number of people killed under its auspices is known but the number is probably in the thousands. (10,000 seems to be a reasonable number according to some articles I read although the number who died in prison was probably at least 10 times that many as were actually killed outright.) The Inquisition targeted any group that dared to speak out against the Catholic Church and anyone the Church felt needed to be dealt with. This ranged from the Cathars all the way through those accused of witchcraft. The book says three things set this all off; a fear of change, secularization and the fear of losing power (and I'll add the money that power brought in.) Another thing I'll add here is that a form of this actually dates back much longer than the actual Inquisition. The Church since very early on carried out a program of shutting down any groups known as Gnostics. This included book burning (like Hitler did). There were some things in the 14th to 16th centuries that made matters worse and these were the Black Death, the Hundred Years War and bad weather (which some blamed on witches.) There were also various localized Inquisitions such as in Spain, Portugal and Rome. The Roman one was aimed at scientists since what they were writing and saying was not acceptable to the Church. (The Church, though, is not the only organization to be responsible for the deaths of many people. Stalin had around 20 million killed. The Nazis had at least 6 million Jews killed. They also had around 3 million others killed for other reasons. ) People in power having others killed has not been an uncommon thing in human history.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Young Kim

    The book's succinct. (Kindle Location 49-58) ...The greater the power, the greater the fear, and thus the Catholic Church had much to fear in a world that would struggle violently to wrest itself from the grasp of mighty Rome. The First Crusade brought back wealth beyond measure, and with that wealth came ideas. Those who left their homes and ventured into the east, returned changed. While taking the Holy Land of Jerusalem, these men were exposed to a great many ideas that challenged what the Chur The book's succinct. (Kindle Location 49-58) ...The greater the power, the greater the fear, and thus the Catholic Church had much to fear in a world that would struggle violently to wrest itself from the grasp of mighty Rome. The First Crusade brought back wealth beyond measure, and with that wealth came ideas. Those who left their homes and ventured into the east, returned changed. While taking the Holy Land of Jerusalem, these men were exposed to a great many ideas that challenged what the Church had told them. When these men returned, they brought with them these ideas and shared them with their brethren. In a short time, those who once answered the call of the Catholic Church without question began to question every aspect of the narrative the Church had given them. These same men were sometimes men of power and influence, who spread their ideologies like wildfire among the people. It became obvious that these heretics needed to be stamped out, or the Catholic Church would suffer a collapse from within, as did the ancient Roman Empire. The lesson of the fall of the Roman Empire was well learned by the Catholic Church. The very foundation on which the Church stood was the ruin of the ancient Roman Empire. They were no stranger to how hard one can fall when they have become too large for their support structures. If decay were to spread among the very smallest supports at the bottom and were allowed to reach the larger structures, then everything the Church had fought to gain would be undone. The Catholic Church needed a weapon to combat the rise in religious sectarianism, and that weapon would become the Inquisition...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Thom Swennes

    When most people think of the Inquisition, they picture either scenes of the Spanish Inquisition, where people were tortured and eventually executed as heretics for their free thinking, or where predominately women, were tried and burned as witches. Although this was all part of the process, the Inquisition has a much longer history. Lasting for more than nine hundred years, the last Inquisition execution was carried 1826. The beginnings of this phenomena can be traced to the First Crusade. Retu When most people think of the Inquisition, they picture either scenes of the Spanish Inquisition, where people were tortured and eventually executed as heretics for their free thinking, or where predominately women, were tried and burned as witches. Although this was all part of the process, the Inquisition has a much longer history. Lasting for more than nine hundred years, the last Inquisition execution was carried 1826. The beginnings of this phenomena can be traced to the First Crusade. Returning knights and warriors brought back, not only great riches but also new ideas. The Catholic Church was the most powerful entity in Europe; wielding more power than any king or prince. The Church was built upon the ruins of Rome; something they remembered and feared greatly. The same Rome that conquered and held great tracks of the known world. The same Rome that eventually crumbled from within. Anything that threatens the Church, must be eradicated. The higher you rise, the farther you fall and the Church was terrified at having to relinquish its unlimited power. The inquisitors were against free thinking and anything that would bring their doctrines into question. This short history doesn’t try to defend the Inquisition, nor does it condemn it. Instead, the Inquisition is given its proper place in history and explores its effect on our world today. I enjoyed this book and not only learned a few things but think differently about this ecclesiastical action and its place in history.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Lawrence

    Another quick recap of history A short, average read on the long span of the inquisition. A good refresher account of events I’m sure I learned in school, but since forgotten. Joan of Arc’s name certainly rings a bell for most people but who remembers the details of how she was caught up in the inquisition? Towards the end, I got the feeling the author was saying the inquisition had been a good thing that propelled humanity towards the renaissance and enlightenment and actually helped lay down la Another quick recap of history A short, average read on the long span of the inquisition. A good refresher account of events I’m sure I learned in school, but since forgotten. Joan of Arc’s name certainly rings a bell for most people but who remembers the details of how she was caught up in the inquisition? Towards the end, I got the feeling the author was saying the inquisition had been a good thing that propelled humanity towards the renaissance and enlightenment and actually helped lay down laws that would prevent torture as a legal form of coercion. I wasn’t convinced.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    "The Inquisition was founded on a principle of providing a more amicable, just process of litigation". According to the author, Inquisition was initially neither supposed to be as barbaric nor was it actually as barbaric as it finally turned out to be. "Medieval punishments were often cruel, barbaric and utterly unjustified" and the Inquisition was initially to bring in some sanity to this madness. However, as it got to be used as a tool for quelling any dissent against the Catholic Church, it a "The Inquisition was founded on a principle of providing a more amicable, just process of litigation". According to the author, Inquisition was initially neither supposed to be as barbaric nor was it actually as barbaric as it finally turned out to be. "Medieval punishments were often cruel, barbaric and utterly unjustified" and the Inquisition was initially to bring in some sanity to this madness. However, as it got to be used as a tool for quelling any dissent against the Catholic Church, it acquired the notorious dimensions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I read Hourly Histories for get a quick introduction to persons and events that I'm only familiar with casually and want to know more about without too much of a time investment. Most of these books satisfy that end. This title is an exception. I'll include my review on Amazon here: These short histories may not be top notch but this one sunk to the lowest levels by interjecting contemporary political commentary, misguided at best. Hourly History should scrap this version and get someone else, a his I read Hourly Histories for get a quick introduction to persons and events that I'm only familiar with casually and want to know more about without too much of a time investment. Most of these books satisfy that end. This title is an exception. I'll include my review on Amazon here: These short histories may not be top notch but this one sunk to the lowest levels by interjecting contemporary political commentary, misguided at best. Hourly History should scrap this version and get someone else, a historian perhaps, to rewrite it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barry Jenkins

    Who writes these "history" books??? I've asked before, who is/are the authors of these "history books"?? While some of these seem to be founded in truth, many of these books are written by authors that insist on putting their opinions in what is supposed to be a history book. Again I ask, why are these books printed without an author listed???? This particular book on the Inquisition has a lot of opinions with no basis in facts. I believe the reader should be the one forming their opinions, based tot Who writes these "history" books??? I've asked before, who is/are the authors of these "history books"?? While some of these seem to be founded in truth, many of these books are written by authors that insist on putting their opinions in what is supposed to be a history book. Again I ask, why are these books printed without an author listed???? This particular book on the Inquisition has a lot of opinions with no basis in facts. I believe the reader should be the one forming their opinions, based totally on the facts.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael P.

    This is an extremely good short history of the Inquisition which covers its Spanish iteration as well as other versions across the world. Although brief, it delivers a lot of information and will make you curious to learn more. It also examines various aspects of the Inquisition; not only the atrocities it perpetrated, but also how it helped advance Western society toward a more merciful justice system. I highly recommend this book for all those interested in the Inquisition.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rubin Carpenter

    Highly informative book This review if the inquisition as a whole was highly impressive I was amazed at the level this was presented no finger pointing at the Catholic church as the sole contributor to this sad era of history but the worst of humanity coming to wound and harm rather than help and heal itself an object lesson in our present culture bravo Hourly History bravo

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    History and personal opinions don't mix The history alone should have received a 4 rating. By including his opinions, I downgraded the overall works. The authors conclusion was generic and could be said about other horrendous events of the past. Lastly his negative remarks within the text about countries today were inappropriate. History and personal opinions don't mix The history alone should have received a 4 rating. By including his opinions, I downgraded the overall works. The authors conclusion was generic and could be said about other horrendous events of the past. Lastly his negative remarks within the text about countries today were inappropriate.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Harry Trumfio

    For those who have little understanding of the Inquisition this little book is filled with information that will help to provide insight into the profound impact that this narcissistic arm of the Catholic Church had upon an individual's right to believe his own truth and upon society not only during the years of implementation, but even today. A worthy read. For those who have little understanding of the Inquisition this little book is filled with information that will help to provide insight into the profound impact that this narcissistic arm of the Catholic Church had upon an individual's right to believe his own truth and upon society not only during the years of implementation, but even today. A worthy read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Federico Saporiti

    The inquisition of liberty There is no analysis about how inquisition was a tool of political dominance in Spanish colonies. The comparison with current situation is weak. Church is still using orthodoxy for imposing social,political, and even economical views

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Hornung

    A condensed version of the history of the Inquisition If I can paint a lot of history a condensed version without many details of the gore company being position history seems very thorough and a pleasure to read as it is written well.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gary Harkins

    Not bad. Excellent introduction and overview of the Inquisition. It made me aware of some of the myths I've come to believe over the years. It has encouraged me to want to know more. Not bad. Excellent introduction and overview of the Inquisition. It made me aware of some of the myths I've come to believe over the years. It has encouraged me to want to know more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Randolph Rossu

    RC Should Stand for Ruthless Criminals Not Roman Catholic A very informative book except for the author’s defense of the Roman Catholic Church during the various Inquisitions. The Popes during these times acted as a dictator at the head of an Evil and Corrupt Empire.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karunakaran N.

    The Inquisition... A great short read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    David W.

    Wild1 Very nicely done. Concise historical review of nine hundred years of mankind’s and the Catholic Church’s mid-understood history. Thank you to the researchers & authors

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yazir Paredes

    Not much of a read Information is scant in this book. Feels like a bigger Wikipedia article. Not much detail is given. Just general dates

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gregory Kirk

    Good concise history. Quick read with all relevant information for a quick study

  23. 5 out of 5

    Warren Dawson

    Good rating Good to learn about history of the Catholic church. Trying to see if it's worth going to the church or not Good rating Good to learn about history of the Catholic church. Trying to see if it's worth going to the church or not

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Sibley

    Not only was this a good primer but also had some interesting perspectives. One of the best quick history subject books I’ve read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Santosh Prabhu

    Awesome read. Awesome book. In a concise way, this captures the horrors of the Inquisition by the Spanish, Portuguese and Roman empires.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jiffy52

    A lot of info in 50 pages I absolutely love these 50 page history books. They pack so much information into these books. I always learn something I didn't know before. A lot of info in 50 pages I absolutely love these 50 page history books. They pack so much information into these books. I always learn something I didn't know before.

  27. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

    Seven hundred years of human misery It’s a wonder that it took so long to burn itself out. With the Black Plague killing off 25 yo 50% of urban areas I’m surprised that there was enough energy to hate each other.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  29. 4 out of 5

    John H Bennett

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

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