New York & London: Harper & Brothers, 1900. Hardcover. 3 vol. 4to (9.25 in, 24.5 cm). xiv, 583; x, 587; ix, 736 pp.
An American historian who specialized in medieval law and believed judicial history had much to teach the present, Henry Charles Lea (1825-1909) is noted for his original works and use of primary sources. First published in 1888, this classic series on the Roman Catholic Church in the Middle Ages is considered his most important work. Criticized by Catholics in the US, Lea was highly praised by scholars in Europe and received many honors abroad. -- Bradley, Henry Charles Lea
Established in 1233, the Inquisition was a tribunal of the Roman Catholic Church to suppress heresy, akin to independent thought. Inquisitors were dispatched to France, Italy, and Germany. The accused were subject to secret trials and torture. If the accused named their secret accuser as a heretic, it would invalidate their testimony. The accused were found guilty for the most part, then secular authorities would confiscate their property and burn them at the stake, though lesser punishments were possible. Graft, blackmail, and bribery proliferated. Established in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition sought to punish converted Jews, then Muslims; soon no Spaniard was safe. Books became censored. The Spanish Inquisition was more organized, more deadly, and not abolished until 1834. -- Columbia Encyclopedia
Fascinating to scholars and general readers, this series describes the Inquisition in the various countries of Europe, particularly Spain. Topics include the burning of heretics and books, political heresy, sorcery, occult arts, and witchcraft. Red cloth with gilt lettered spine. Top edge gilt. Deckle edges. Appendices; index at end of Volume III. Clear archival protectors. Fore and lower edges age-toned. Tight, clean, and highly presentable set. Near fine. Item #1050