God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

By Cullen Murphy

Established by means of the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition endured in a single shape or one other for nearly seven-hundred years. even though linked to the persecution of heretics and Jews — and with burning on the stake — its pursuits have been extra a variety of and its suggestions extra formidable. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance, censorship, and “scientific” interrogation. As time went on, its equipment and mind-set unfold a long way past the Church to develop into instruments of secular persecution. touring from freshly opened Vatican data to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the submitting cupboards of the 3rd Reich, the acclaimed author Cullen Murphy strains the Inquisition and its legacy, exhibiting that not just did its places of work live on into the 20th century, yet within the sleek global its spirit is extra influential than ever.

With the combo of vibrant immediacy and realized research that characterised his acclaimed Are We Rome?, Murphy places a human face on a well-known yet little-known piece of our prior and argues that merely by means of figuring out the Inquisition will we desire to give an explanation for the making of the present.

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