Inquisitorial Inquiries: Brief Lives of Secret Jews and

Very interesting book on first hand accounts of the Spanish Inquisition Fascinating and quick read. This is a fascinating look into the quotidian nature of many of the inquisitional proceedings of 17th century Spain You won t find scenes of the accused stretched out on wracks or being prodded with hot irons Rather, these stories have the drab plodding of a contemporary civil trial in which jurists painstakingly weigh the long and detailed testimony given I don t doubt that the horrendous practice of torture was common you will read of secret jails as well as lots of confessions and repe This is a fascinating look into the quotidian nature of many of the inquisitional proceedings of 17th century Spain You won t find scenes of the accused stretched out on wracks or being prodded with hot irons Rather, these stories have the drab plodding of a contemporary civil trial in which jurists painstakingly weigh the long and detailed testimony given I don t doubt that the horrendous practice of torture was common you will read of secret jails as well as lots of confessions and repentance But here we can see there was often a mundane and boring element to the trials It is also remarkable how frequently the judges took the accused at their word I always imagined the inquisitors ignoring any claim of innocence and torturing everyone until they confessed to some horrible heresy This book also provides amazing accounts given by the accused The most outrageous tale being that of a woman accused of living as a man who claimed to be a hermaphrodite Her testimony is unbelievable and yet, the judges carefully consider each of her assertions I am also intrigued by how far and wide the accused traveled and moved around in their lives, from Spain to North Africa to Italy, South Western France and back to Spain in a few short years was typical As I indicated above, some of the testimony can be tedious, but this book is a must read if you are interested in the details of the inquisition and daily life in the 17th century It definitely brings to mind Platero y Yo MyReview MyReview On the first day of Francisco de San Antonio s trial before the Spanish Inquisition in Toledo in , his interrogators asked him about his parentage His real name, he stated, was Abram Ruben, and he had been born in Fez of Jewish parents How then, Inquisitors wanted to know, had he become a Christian convert Why had a Hebrew alphabet been found in his possession And what was his business at the Court in Madrid He was asked, according to his dossier, for the story of his life His response, than ten folios long, is one of the many involuntary autobiographies created by the logic of the Inquisition that today provides rich insights into both the personal lives of the persecuted and the social, cultural, and political realities of the age translated, and annotated six of these autobiographies from a diverse group of prisoners, five tried in Europe and one in Mexico ❮Reading❯ ➶ I Blame The Scapegoats Author John O& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk his interrogators asked him about his parentage His real name ❮PDF❯ ✅ Beneath the Earth Author John Boyne – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk he stated [PDF] ✩ Gagged Author Richard Asplin – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk was Abram Ruben [PDF / Epub] ✪ Aristocrats ☆ Stella Tillyard – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and he had been born in Fez of Jewish parents How then [BOOKS] ✯ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, By Sharon J. Bolton – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Inquisitors wanted to know ✭ Wild Horses (Saddle Club, Books ✯ Author Bonnie Bryant – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk had he become a Christian convert Why had a Hebrew alphabet been found in his possession And what was his business at the Court in Madrid He was asked ➶ [Read] ➲ At Sixes And Sevens By Rosie Harris ➾ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk according to his dossier ➿ [Download] ➽ Save Rafe! (Middle School By James Patterson ➵ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk for the story of his life His response [Ebook] ➧ The Hand That First Held Mine By Maggie O& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk than ten folios long [Reading] ➷ Ghost Light By Joseph O& – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk is one of the many involuntary autobiographies created by the logic of the Inquisition that today provides rich insights into both the personal lives of the persecuted and the social ❮Read❯ ➸ LDN Graffiti ➻ Author Joe Epstein – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk cultural ❴PDF❵ ✪ Sworn to Silence Author Brendan Boland – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and political realities of the age translated [PDF / Epub] ☄ Frog Is Frog ✓ Max Velthuijs – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and annotated six of these autobiographies from a diverse group of prisoners ➪ Doctor Who Read ➲ Author David Bishop – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk five tried in Europe and one in Mexico Inquisitorial Inquiries: Brief Lives of Secret Jews and Other Heretics


About the Author: Richard L. Kagan

Richard Kagan is a professor of early modern European history and romance languages and literatures at The Johns Hopkins University in Balti, MD His special interest is in the history of Habsburg Spain and Iberian expansion.


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