The Spanish Inquisition A Historical Revision, Fourth Edition Henry Kamen

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
27 May 2014
ISBN:
9780300180510
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
512 pages: 235 x 156 x 27mm
Illustrations:
14 b-w illus.

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In this completely updated edition of Henry Kamen’s classic survey of the Spanish Inquisition, the author incorporates the latest research in multiple languages to offer a new—and thought-provoking—view of this fascinating period. Kamen sets the notorious Christian tribunal into the broader context of Islamic and Jewish culture in the Mediterranean, reassesses its consequences for Jewish culture, measures its impact on Spain’s intellectual life, and firmly rebuts a variety of myths and exaggerations that have distorted understandings of the Inquisition. He concludes with disturbing reflections on the impact of state security organizations in our own time.

Henry Kamen is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a world authority on Spanish history. He lives in Greensboro, GA, and Barcelona, Spain.

“Kamen’s 1965 The Spanish Inquisition set a standard of clarity and objectivity in a traditionally contentious field. This new edition, the fruit of 50 years of scholarship and meditation, corrects with hard facts and penetrating analysis many entrenched myths about Spain and her 350-year-long Inquisition. It will set the agenda for the next generation of Spanish intellectual historians.”—David Gitlitz, author of Secrecy and Deceit: The Religion of the Crypto-Jews

“Despite voluminous publication on the Spanish Inquisition over the past four decades, Kamen's work remains the most accessible, comprehensive, and substantively argued English-language introduction to the Spanish Inquisition. Incorporating a significant amount of new scholarship that has appeared in the fifteen years since the publication of the last edition, this volume retains its place in an increasingly dynamic field of study, and is a welcome refreshing of arguments from a known voice in the field.”—Kimberly Lynn, Western Washington University