The Inquisition, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


After the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars of south-west France in 1208, a Spanish monk - later canonized as St Dominic - took up the cudgels by establishing a kind of secret police to ferret out heresy - thus began the infamous Inquisition.

Baigent and Leigh tell the whole extraordinary story, taking it on into the nineteenth century and showing how after the Doctrine of Papal Infallibility in 1870 the Vatican attempted to establish new authorities that were an intellectual equivalent of the Inquisition.

The Inquisition offers a fascinating narrative account of one of the most influential and horrifying movements in the history of western Europe.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 16 b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780140274660

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Very informative - quite digestible - reinforced that organized religion often descends into sheer stupidity and brutality - I couldn't believe that the Jesuits and Dominicans argued over whether Christ's blood, shed on the cross, ascended to Heaven with his body. Inspired my current interested in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Nice little history of the Inquisition here. Better than his later attempts and creating history.

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I should have read the bottom of the cover 'Co-authors of the international bestseller The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail.' This is the worst book on the Inquisition I have ever read. If you want to know about the Inquisition read Kamen or Netanyahu. These loosers have no idea about the issues they just like to sensationalise the issues. This might appeal to the anti-religion crowd.