The Grand Inquisitor's Manual: A History of Terror in the by Jonathan Kirsch

By Jonathan Kirsch

The impressive historical past and Legacy of the Inquisition

The popular historian and critic Jonathan Kirsch offers a sweeping heritage of the Inquisition and the ways that it has served because the leader version for torture within the West to today. starting from the Knights Templar to the 1st Protestants; from Joan of Arc to Galileo; from the Inquisition's massive energy in Spain after 1492, whilst the key tribunals and torture chambers have been directed for the 1st time opposed to Jews and Muslims, to the torture and homicide of thousands of blameless ladies throughout the Witch Craze; and to the fashionable conflict on terror—Kirsch indicates us how the Inquisition stands as a common and ineradicable reminder of the way absolute strength wreaks inevitable corruption.

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Bernard called them “weavers and Arians,” the latter term borrowed from one of the earliest heresies of fourth-century Christianity, but the men and women who caught his attention may have been among the first practitioners of a new kind of Christianity that had been borrowed from the Bogomils. The resort to antique vocabulary to describe the latest expression of the religious imagination in medieval Europe reminds us that the Church had always been quick to condemn every strain of Christianity that was not regarded as strictly orthodox.

1205) also vowed to pursue the via apostolica, but he suffered a very different fate. His followers were among the first targets of the Inquisition, and they remained within its crosshairs for centuries. By a further irony, the Inquisition was staffed by Dominicans and Franciscans, thus turning the imitators of Christ into the persecutors of their fellow Christians. Valdes was living a privileged life in the town of Lyons in southern France when, like Francis and Dominic, he experienced a life-changing revelation.

The patriarchs and priests, who regarded themselves as the guardians of Christian morality, were perfectly capable of conjuring up the same sexual fantasies that would later find expression in the writings of the Marquis de Sade. We cannot know exactly when, where, or how the strange new ideas of the Bogomils rooted themselves in western Europe, but the Church began to notice them as early as the eleventh century, first in Cologne and Liège and later in southern France. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090–1153), a Cistercian monk later canonized as Saint Bernard, was dispatched to admonish the followers of Henry the Monk, but he also came across some even more aberrant Christians.

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