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The grand inquisitor's manual : a history of terror in the name of God / Jonathan Kirsch.

Author/Creator:
Kirsch, Jonathan, 1949-
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication:
New York, NY : HarperOne, c2008.
Format/Description:
Book
296 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
Terror -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History.
Inquisition.
Summary:
"The inquisitorial apparatus that was first invented in the Middle Ages remained in operation for the next six hundred years, and it has never been wholly dismantled. As we shall see, an unbroken thread links the friar-inquisitors who set up the rack and the pyre in southern France in the early thirteenth century to the torturers and executioners of Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia in the mid-twentieth century. Nor does the thread stop at Auschwitz or the Gulag; it can be traced through the Salem witch trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, the Hollywood blacklists of the McCarthy era, and even the interrogation cells at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo."--P. 3.
Contents:
The Pietà and the pear
The Cathar kiss
The hammer of heretics
Crime and punishment
The inquisitor's manual
Purity of blood
The eternal inquisitor
American inquisition.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-283) and index.
ISBN:
9780060816995
0060816996
OCLC:
191931946
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