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ASM Master Class: [Nobody Expects] The Spanish Inquisition, Old & New World Varieties
October 19, 21, 23, 26, and 28, 2020
9:30 a.m. (Arizona time)
taught by Dr. Michael M. Brescia, Curator of Ethnohistory and affiliated Professor of History and Law

$100 ASM members or $150 non members

Even a cursory glance at modern popular culture reveals the degree to which the Spanish Inquisition continues to shape our historical imaginations. As we laugh at the antics of Monty Python or Mel Brooks, we see the same images: men in red robes preparing the instruments of torture and fanning the flames of the pyre. This new ASM Master Class subjects the Inquisition, as both a European and New World institution, to rigorous examination. We will explore the laws, procedures, and practices that fashioned the Inquisition into a religious, political, and cultural instrument of power that was wielded by the Church but often in support of an expansive State, from its origins in medieval Europe to its transfer to the Spanish colonies to its eventual demise in the early nineteenth century. We also will assess a series of case studies in order to identify what brought people before the Inquisition, including, for example, accusations of conducting Jewish and Muslim practices, idolatry, blasphemy, crimes against the Catholic sacraments, witchcraft and sorcery, as well as the illicit use of flora, fauna, and human matter, and, finally, publishing books and treatises that promoted heresy or political sedition.
Oct 19, 2020 09:30 AM
Oct 21, 2020 09:30 AM
Oct 23, 2020 09:30 AM
Oct 26, 2020 09:30 AM
Oct 28, 2020 09:30 AM
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