Letters on the Spanish Inquisition

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W. Hughes, 1838 - Всего страниц: 106
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This book contains a collection of letters written by the Count Joseph de Maistre on the subject of the Spanish Inquisition. In each of the several letters, he describes a various element of the Inquisition and details how accurate the general conceptions are of the time and activities therein. The work makes for a fascinating read from a highly acclaimed writer and philosopher of the 19th century.

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Стр. 24 - Speaking deny any one of the Persons in the Holy Trinity to be God, or shall assert or maintain there are more Gods than one, or shall deny the Christian Religion to be true, or the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be of Divine Authority...
Стр. 24 - VIII. c. 8, all witchcraft and sorcery to be felony without benefit of clergy; and again, by statute 1 Jac. I. c. 12, that all persons invoking any evil spirit, or consulting, covenanting with, entertaining, employing, feeding, or rewarding, any evil spirit; or taking up dead bodies from their graves to be used in any witchcraft, sorcery, charm, or enchantment; or killing or otherwise hurting any person by such infernal arts, should be guilty of felony without benefit of clergy, and suffer death.
Стр. 68 - It was a machine of wise and elaborate contrivance, and as well fitted for the oppression, impoverishment, and degradation of a people, and the debasement in them of human nature itself, as ever proceeded from the perverted ingenuity of man.
Стр. 24 - For by that statute the diocesan alone, without the intervention of a synod, might convict of heretical tenets; and unless the convict abjured his opinions, or if after abjuration he relapsed, the sheriff was bound ex officio, if required by the bishop, to commit the unhappy victim to the flames, without waiting for the consent of the crown.
Стр. 81 - Warner, — a Protestant Clergyman, — states nearly the same thing. " It is evident," he says, "from the Lords Justices' last letter to the Lieutenant, that they hoped for an EXTERMINATION, not of the mere Irish only, but of all the old English families, that were Roman Catholics.
Стр. 81 - The favourite object' (says Dr. Leland, a Protestant clergyman, and dignitary of the Irish church) 'of the Irish Government and the English Parliament, was the utter extermination of all the Catholic inhabitants of Ireland.
Стр. 24 - These acts continued in force till lately, to the terror of all ancient females in the kingdom : and many poor wretches were sacrificed thereby to the prejudice of their neighbours, and their own illusions ; not a few having, by some means or other, confessed the fact at the gallows.
Стр. 24 - IV, cap. 15, the diocesan alone, without the intervention of a synod, might convict of heretical tenets ; and unless the convict abjured his opinions, or if, after abjuration, he relapsed, the sheriff was bound, ex officin, if required by the bishop, to commit the unhappy victim to the flames, without waiting for the consent of the crown.
Стр. 22 - was tormented with needles thrust into his nails, racked also otherwise in such cruel sort, and specially punished for two whole days and nights with famine, by which he was reduced to such extremities that he ate the clay out of the walls of his prison, and drank the droppings of the roof*.
Стр. 23 - The civil law punishes with death, not only the sorcerers themselves, but also those who consult them; imitating in the former the express law of GOD—' Thou shall not suffer a witch to live.

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