New York; MacMillan Co. ; London : MacMillan & Co., 1922. Hardcover. Item #35120
Original Cloth. 8vo. XVI, 564 pages. 23 cm. Second edition. First printed 1908. Drawing on primary source material, Lea gives a detailed account of the workings of the Inquisition and its individual tribunals in Sicily, Naples, Sardinia, Milan, Malta, the Canary Islands, Mexico, Peru, New Granada and the Philippines. According to Lea the Inquisition persisted from the sixteenth right up to the nineteenth century. He demonstrates how some of the individuals entrusted with implementing the Inquisition abused their powers, and how the Inquisition in the Spanish colonies prevented the efficient running of governmental administrations. He focuses on some of the consequences of the Inquisition: Jews were banished from Naples, there were moves to exclude new Christians from the Church in Mexico, and the mysticism practiced in New Granada was considered a grave threat to the Church. Henry Charles Lea (1825–1909) , “U. S. Historian whose research into the history of the Church and its institutions made him one of the most distinguished scholars of the United States. Lea's monumental works, A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages (3 vols. , 1888) and A History of the Inquisition of Spain (4 vols. , 1906–07) , are fundamental and represent an extensive achievement, as did his The Inquisition in the Spanish Dependencies (1908) . Through them, Lea founded a Protestant school for the study of the Inquisition based on archival sources. His system was principally concerned with the study of the general framework of the Inquisition, its policies, and operational methods. He himself considered that these works were the result of his prime interest in the history of sorcery and superstitions in Europe. They have been adapted, abridged, and translated into various languages. In his writings, Lea reserved much sympathy for the question of the forced converts and the Jews, and commented upon the heavy responsibility of the Catholic Church and Spain for their fate. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Inquisition. Rear hinge starting, top of backstrip torn, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-8).