The Inquisition Unmasked, 2; Being an Historical and Philosophical Account of That Tremendous Tribunal, Founded on Authentic Documents and Exhibiting the Necessity of Its Supression...

The Inquisition Unmasked, 2; Being an Historical and Philosophical Account of That Tremendous Tribunal, Founded on Authentic Documents and Exhibiting the Necessity of Its Supression...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1816 edition. Excerpt: ...within the limits assigned to it, pre-eminently unites the' peculiar qualities of a tyrant; it is high time for us to examine whether its ministers, in the use they have made of those facub ties, have belied or confirmed this character. Nothing will better decide this question them the repeated complaints which all kinds of ersons and corporations have addressed to the superior authorities against the tribunal.Wherefore, taking up the thread of its history fiotn the time of its re-establisment, when, Eitended through all Spain, it attained its highest greatness and power; and descending down to our own days, I will present in chrorlological order an uninterrupted series of' rernonstrances, either from individuals, mostly bishops, or councils and other tribunals, as well as flom-the kingdom assembled in Cortes, evidently proving that its conduct has constantly been the most arbitrary and ' Llorente, ibid. n. 30. atrocious. Indeed from its commencement _ Fernando del Pulgar assures us, " that certain relations of the prisoners and condemned persons remonstrated, by saying that this Inquisition and its _inflictions were more rigorous than they ought to be; and that, in the manner in which the proceedings were usually instituted, as well as in the execution of the sentences, the ministers and executors thereof evinced that they were actuated by odium against the above persons." ' Thus a year after the tribunal had been installed in Seville, Pope Sixtus IV., moved by the clamours addressed to him, but, on the other hand, unwilling to deprive the first ' inquisitors, Fathers Juan de San Martin and Miguel de Morillo, of their ofliceshnot to offend their Catholic Majesties who had named them, informed the...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236795911
  • 9781236795915