Heaven or Heresy: A History of the Inquisition
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.
Thomas F. Madden is a professor of medieval history and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University. A recognized expert on the Crusades, he has appeared in forums such as National Public Radio and The New York Times. Professor Madden is the author of The New Concise History of the ...
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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