Comparative Analysis of "The Spanish Inquisition" and "Trent 1475"
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In his lengthy undertaking, The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision Henry Kamen attempts to readjust his readers thinking about the infamous Spanish Inquisition. Thirty years of research brought him to the conclusion that there was less persecution and horror in the Inquisition than pop culture and historians have drawn. In Trent 1475: Stories of a Ritual Murder Trial, R. Po-Chia Hsia takes the reader on a dark journey to the wretched persecution of a small community of Jews in the Italian city of Trent. Both books tell stories of minority groups becoming scapegoats for society, Kamen taking on an entire era of a country, and Hsia illustrating a vivid example. The books have some similarities and differences, and…show more content… She intricately weaves documents with the Yeshiva Manuscript to bolster his story and tell a larger story. She tells the story of a small Jewish community targeted by a local religious figure, the Prince-Bishop Johannes Hinderbach. They were accused of killing a two year old Christian boy, Simon and using him for blood rituals. Through social, political, cultural and biographical histories Hsia illustrates a story of persecution that is representative of tragedy becoming a political vehicle.
Henry Kamen's heavy and extensive work The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision is a synthesis of the history of the Inquisition from its inception to its ending. He argues the inquisition was not as dominant or brutal as popular culture envisions. He asserts that the Inquisition was not extremely popular, in it's homeland or on the rest of the continent. Kamen also speculates that Spain did not become Lutheran more out of indifference than intimidation by the Inquisition. Historians like Kamen are able to study the Inquisition because of the extensive record keeping by the tribunal, and he utilizes those records throughout his book. These archives, along with periodicals, letters and historical and contemporary literature make up Kamen's sources. His methods are extensive, in writing such a broad history on such a large topic and period of time. He analyzes social, political, and cultural history, using quantitative