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Heaven or Heresy: A History of the Inquisition by Thomas F. Madden

Heaven or Heresy: A History of the Inquisition

by Thomas F. Madden

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Unabridged Edition
Running Time
8 Hrs.


For many, the Inquisition conjures Gothic images of cloaked figures and barbarous torture chambers. So enmeshed is this view of the Inquisition in popular culture that such scenes play out even in comedies such as Mel Brooks' History of the World and Monty Python's Flying Circus. But is this a fair portrayal? And how was the Inquisition perceived in its own time? Professor Thomas F. Madden of Saint Louis University delivers a stimulating series of lectures exploring all facets of the Inquisition, including the religious and political climate of its time and the Inquisition's relationship to heresy and reformation. With a scholarly eye and infectious enthusiasm, widely published author and noted expert on pre-modern European history Thomas Madden imparts an understanding of the Spanish and Roman Inquisitions while dispelling popular myths associated with the subject.

Lecture 1 The Organization of the Catholic Church

Lecture 2 Heresy and Orthodoxy

Lecture 3 Roman Law and the Church

Lecture 4 Birth of the Medieval Inquisition

Lecture 5 Medieval Heresies

Lecture 6 Centralizing the Medieval Inquisition

Lecture 7 The Working of the Medieval Inquisition

Lecture 8 Birth of the Spanish Inquisition

Lecture 9 "Poisonous, Offensive, Misleading": The New Heresies of the Protestant Reformation

Lecture 10 The Spanish Inquisition in Its Maturity

Lecture 11 The Roman Inquisition

Lecture 12 Crafting the Myth of the Inquisition

Lecture 13 The Inquisition and Enlightenment

Lecture 14 The Inquisition in Popular Culture

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