Agents of Orthodoxy: Honor, Status, and the Inquisition in by James E. Wadsworth

By James E. Wadsworth

The Portuguese Inquisition is frequently portrayed as a tyrannical establishment that imposed itself on an unsuspecting and impotent society. the lads who ran it are depicted as unprincipled bandits and ruthless spies who gleefully dragged their friends away to rot in darkish, pestilential prisons. during this new examine, in keeping with huge archival study, James E. Wadsworth demanding situations those myths through concentrating on the lay and clerical officers who staffed the Inquisition in colonial Pernambuco, one among Brazil's oldest, wealthiest, and so much populated colonies. He argues that the Inquisition was once a vital part of colonial society and that it mirrored and strengthened deeply held social and non secular values that crossed the Atlantic, recreated themselves in colonial Brazil, and have become strong instruments for exclusion and promoting in Brazilian society. The Inquisition effectively appropriated largely held social norms and manipulated social tensions to create and recreate its personal energy and status for nearly 300 years. It eventually declined simply while its potential to socially advertise its officers decreased within the overdue eighteenth century. Agents of Orthodoxy locations the lads who ran the Inquisition in historic context and demonstrates that they have been usually encouraged by way of social aspirations in looking inquisitional appointments. superbly written and commonly researched, this ebook sheds new mild on a long-standing establishment and its participants.

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