The Spanish Inquisition was one of the most feared institutions in Western history. Set up by the Roman Catholic church to supress heresy, it operated in France, Italy, Spain, and the Holy Roman Empire, and was later extended to the Americas. Trials were held in secret, torture was common, and penalties ranged from simple fines and flogging to death by burning. Lea's majestrial study remains one of the most detailed and comprehensive accounts ever published. It continues to be an essential source for scholars of the Inquisition and medieval Spain.
Book 1: Origin and Establishment
Chapter 1: The Castilian Monarchy
Chapter 2: The Jews and the Moors
Chapter 3: The Jews and the Conversos
Chapter 4: Establishment of the Inquisition
Chapter 5: The Kingdoms of Aragon
Book 2: Relations with the State
Chapter 1: Relations with the Crown
Chapter 2: Supereminence
Chapter 3: Privileges and Exemptions
Chapter 4: Conflicting Jurisdictions
Chapter 5: Popular Hostility
List of Tribunals
List of Inquisitors-General
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