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The acclaimed author of Are We Rome? brings his highly praised blend of deep research, colorful travelogue, and insightful political analysis to a new history of the Inquisition.

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The Inquisition conducted its last execution in 1826—the victim was a Spanish schoolmaster convicted of heresy. But as Cullen Murphy shows in this provocative new work, not only did its offices survive into the twentieth century, in the modern world its spirit is more influential than ever.

God's Jury encompasses the diverse stories of the Knights Templar, Torquemada, Galileo, and Graham Greene. Established by the Catholic Church in 1231, the Inquisition continued in one form or another for almost seven hundred years. Though associated with the persecution of heretics and Jews—and with burning at the stake—its targets were more numerous and its techniques more ambitious. The Inquisition pioneered surveillance and censorship and "scientific" interrogation. As time went on, its methods and mindset spread far beyond the Church to become tools of secular persecution. Traveling from freshly opened Vatican archives to the detention camps of Guantánamo to the filing cabinets of the Third Reich, Murphy traces the Inquisition and its legacy.

With the combination of vivid immediacy and learned analysis that characterized his acclaimed Are We Rome?, Murphy puts a human face on a familiar but little-known piece of our past, and argues that only by understanding the Inquisition can we hope to explain the making of the present.

"When virtue arms itself---beware! Lucid, scholarly, elegantly told, God's Jury is as gripping as it is important." ---James Carroll

"Murphy powerfully shows that the impulse to inquisition can quietly take root in any system civil or religious that orders our lives." ---Publishers Weekly

"Cullen Murphy's account of the Inquisition is a dark but riveting tale, told with luminous grace." ---Michael J. Sandel

"Dean's gently authoritative voice is clear, articulate, and unbiased in describing the most notorious institution of religious enforcement---and its legacy." ---AudioFile
New York Times Bestseller

God's Jury

The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World

Author Cullen Murphy

Narrated by Robertson Dean

Publication date Mar 19, 2012

Running time 10 hrs

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