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Religion and power: Inquisition in Spain and Empire

Primary Sources
Chuchiak IV, John F., ed., The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1620, A Documentary History (Baltimore, 2012), Regulations concerning the tribunals: Instructions of the Holy Office, Toledo, 1561, and Foundation of the Holy Office of the Inquisition in the Indies, Madrid, 1569.

Core readings
Henry Kamen, The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision (Yale, 2014), Chapter 3, the coming of the inquisition, pp. 36-73.

Further reading
Bethencourt, Francisco, The Inquisition: A Global History (Cambridge, 2009).
Homza, Lu Ann, Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1614: An Anthology of Sources (London, 2006).
Greenleaf, Richard E., ‘The Inquisition and the Indians of New Spain: A study in Jurisdictional Confusion’, The Americas, Vol. 22, No. 2 (1965), pp. 138-166.
Lopes Don, Patricia, Bonfires of Culture: Franciscans, Indigenous Leaders, and the Inquisition in Early Mexico, 1524-1540 (Oklahoma, 2010).
Perry, M.E. and Cruz, Anne J., Cultural Encounters, The Impact of the Inquisition in Spain and the New World (California, 1991).

Key Questions
• What led to the re-emergence of inquisition in the Iberian Peninsula?
• What were the aims of the Spanish Inquisition?
• How global was the Inquisition?

Historiographical theme: Religion and power