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Voicing Dissent in Seventeenth-Century Spain

P. W. Manning, "Voicing Dissent in Seventeenth-Century Spain"
English | 2009 | ISBN: 9004178511 | PDF | pages: 340 | 1,9 mb

Despite the 174 years that have passed since its abolition, the Spanish Inquisition continues to grip the popular imagination. While Monty Python's 1970 skit (with its famous catchphrase "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!") and Mel Brooks' song-and-dance sendup of the Inquisition (with Brooks playing Torquemada) in History of the World: Part Istill remain the most widely known treatments of the subject, recent television documentaries have attempted to help the public place the Inquisition in a more scholarly framework. These include most recently the four-hour series Th e Secret Files of the Inquisition, which aired on public television (PBS) in the U.S. in May of 2007 and treated the Inquisitions within France, Spain and Italy.First established in 1478, and abolished for brief periods in the early 1800s, the Inquisition in Spain was not disbanded definitively until 1834. Almost immediately after its inception, writings against the Spanish Inquisition polemicized the institution on the Iberian peninsula and helped to launch a negative image of Spain that would culminate in the "leyenda negra" or Black Legend. One unique aspect of the Inquisition in Spain likely contrib-utes to its horrible allure. Although the state and Inquisition were tech-nically separate in Spain, at times the two institutions overlapped. In contrast to the inquisitions of the medieval era that were subject only to the Pope, the papal bull of 1478 authorized the Spanish monarchs Fernando and Isabel to appoint their own inquisitors. In this context, the political needs of the state often affected Inquisitorial actions.
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