The Inquisition

by Michael Baigent

Paperback, 2000



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Penguin Books Ltd (2000), Paperback


After the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars of south-west France in 1208, a Spanish monk - later canonized as St Dominic - took up the cudgels by establishing a kind of secret police to ferret out heresy - thus began the infamous Inquisition. Baigent and Leigh tell the whole extraordinary story, taking it on into the nineteenth century and showing how after the Doctrine of Papal Infallibility in 1870 the Vatican attempted to establish new authorities that were an intellectual equivalent of the Inquisition. The Inquisition offers a fascinating narrative account of one of the most influential and horrifying movements in the history of western Europe.

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LibraryThing member wyvernfriend
A lot less speculative than many of their other works this is a history of the inquisition from it's inception to the late 90's. The last two chapters are particularly interesting in that there is a lot of talk about Ratzinger - the current pope- and his attitude.
LibraryThing member Vidalia
Very informative - quite digestible - reinforced that organized religion often descends into sheer stupidity and brutality - I couldn't believe that the Jesuits and Dominicans argued over whether Christ's blood, shed on the cross, ascended to Heaven with his body. Inspired my current interested in
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the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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LibraryThing member Arctic-Stranger
Nice little history of the Inquisition here. Better than his later attempts and creating history.
LibraryThing member liamfoley
I should have read the bottom of the cover 'Co-authors of the international bestseller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.' This is the worst book on the Inquisition I have ever read. If you want to know about the Inquisition read Kamen or Netanyahu. These loosers have no idea about the issues they
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just like to sensationalise the issues. This might appeal to the anti-religion crowd.
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LibraryThing member MiaCulpa
Noting that the authors of "The Inquisition" were Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, authors of tomes like "Holy Blood and the Holy Grail", I started reading "The Inquisition" slightly concerned that it would be host to all manner of conspiracy theories. That didn't quite eventuate but there were a
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few woolly statements made throughout. That aside, I did like "The Inquisition" and provided some food for thought.
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Physical description

352 p.; 7.56 inches


0140274669 / 9780140274660
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