A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages Volume 2 by Henry Charles Lea A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages Volume 2
by Henry Charles Lea

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As civilization slowly advanced, as the midnight of the Dark Ages began to yield to the approaching dawn of modern ideas, as the hopelessness of humanity grew less abject, the Manichaean theory grew less attractive. The world was gradually awakening to new aims and new possibilities; it was outgrowing the dreary philosophy of pessimism, and was unconsciously preparing for the yet unknown future in which man was to regard Nature not as an enemy, but as a teacher. -from "Chapter IV: Italy" Considered America's first great scholar of the Middle Ages and a trailblazing proponent of utilizing primary sources when inquiring into the past, Henry Charles Lea gave us what is still a vital history of the centuries-long reign of terror known as the Inquisition. A passionate account of mass hysteria, its spiritual and intellectual roots, and its "inevitable" evolution, this is grimly fascinating and highly readable, an excellent investigation into one of the foundations of modern civilization the repercussions of which are still being felt today. Volume 2 of this 3-volume 1888 work examines the localized affects of the Inquisition in France, Spain, Italy, and Germany, including Inquisitorial frauds in which victims were "selected for spoilation on account of their wealth," the decadence of the Inquisitors, and assassinations, rebellions, and other intrigues. American historian and publisher HENRY CHARLES LEA (1825-1909) also wrote Superstition and Force (1866), Historical Sketch of Sacerdotal Celibacy (1867), and History of the Inquisition of Spain (1906-1908).

Product Details
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics
  • ISBN-10: 1-59605-620-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-59605-620-6
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank #2446272
  • Published on: December 01, 2005
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 600 pages

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