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TSEM102: Facing the Inquisitor

Overview of the Inquisition

Subject encyclopedias provide overviews and background information on broad topics. Use them at the beginning of the research process when you need to know more about a topic, narrow a topic, and identify some recommended resources that will provide in-depth information on your topic.



“Marranos, Conversos, New Christians: 1341-1481” (pp.114-115) and “The Expulsion of the Jews from Spain: 1492,” (pp. 120-121) In A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People: From the Time of the Patriarchs to Present. New York: Schocken Books, 1992.  [Reference stacks in Cook Library: Ref DS117 J8513 1994]

  • First article provides a chronology of events leading up to the Inquisition beginning with outbreaks against the Jews in 1391 and family tree of Judah de la Cavalleria, Bailiff of Saragossa.
  • Second article continues the chronology from 14 60 with the publication of Alfoso de Spina’s Fortress of Faith, through 1510, marking the expulsion of Jews from the Kingdom of Naples. Both articles are accompanied by maps.`

Burr, David. "Inquisition: Introduction," In Internet Medieval Sourcebook. http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/sbook.asp


Monter, William. “The Inquisition: The Inquisition in the Old World,” In Encyclopedia of Religion. Detroit: McMillan Reference USA, 2005. Gale Virtual Reference Library. (pp. 4498- 4502)

E496 2007

Roth, Cecil/ Assis, Yom Tov. “Inquisition,” In Encyclopaedia Judaica. Detroit: MacMillan Reference USA, 2007 


Sessions, Scott. “The Inquisition: The Inquisition in the New World,” In Encyclopedia of Religion. Detroit: MacMillan Reference USA, 2005. Gale Virtual Reference Library.  (pp. 4502-4507)


Robinson, Thomas A. “Heresy: Christian Concepts,” In Encyclopedia of Religion. Detroit: MacMillan Reference USA, 2005. Gale Virtual Reference Library. 


Maltby, William S. “The Black Legend,” In Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. Detroit: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2008. Gale Virtual Reference Library.


Inquisitio: Manuscript and print sources for the study of Inquisition history

  • Website representing the the Harley l. McDevitt Inquisition Collection of primary sources housed at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana
  • Topics including introductory essays and representational documents: inquisitorial manuals, trials and sentencing, Autos de fe, censorship, familiars and officials, policies and proceedings, polemics and histories
  • Each topic includes a few digitized examples of primary sources that are in the original languages, with some illustrations
  • Zoom software allows close-up examination of documents

Primary and Secondary Sources for the Spanish Inquisition

  • A select bibliography provided for a course on Spanish History taught at University of Mary Washington during Fall, 2010
    • Linked sources from JSTOR and ARTstor are available to TU students, but they must be accessed through the research databases link on the Cook Library website

Films on Demand [Requires TU Net ID login from off campus.]

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Books on the Inquisition

Anderson, James M. Daily Life During the Spanish Inquisition. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002

  • Some of the chapters include: Early Modern Spain, Political & Social Setting, Church, Jews & Conversos, Muslims and Moriscos, Court, Urban, Rural, Family, and Military Life
  • Appendix A includes the rulers of Spain during the Inquisition
  • Appendix B suggests major primary sources of information, especially accounts written by individuals (travelers and eyewitnesses) who have contributed to the base of knowledge regarding the Inquisition

BX1735 K312

Kamen, Henry. The Spanish Inquisition, a Historical Revision. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999

BX17135 L4

Lea, Henry Charles. A History of the Inquisition of Spain. New York, Arno Press, 1966. [Reprint of the original edition 1905/1906]

  • Find other books by Lea by searching the Library Catalog (Cook Library) or USMAI Catalog under the QUICK TOOLS menu.  Once in the Catalog change word/s anywhere to author beginning with and type… Lea Henry Charles.

BX1712 P48

Peters, Edward. Inquisition. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1988

BX1713 S95

Sullivan, Karen. The Inner Lives of Medieval Inquisitors. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2011

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video See the help guide video: Finding Books with Cook OneSearch

You can use either Cook OneSearch or the Library/USMAI Catalog to find books.

Check the Library Catalog for books available at Cook Library. If you want a larger selection of books available in all of the University System of Maryland libraries, check the USMAI Catalog.

  • A good way to see what types of book the library has on int inquisition, is to change word/s anywhere to subject beginning with... and type inquisition
    • This allows you to browse through all the materials in the USMAI libraries indexed under the subject inquisition and then by geographic areas such as Italy, Portugal, and Spain
    • Note that as you scroll down the list of Subjects, you will see a breakdown by cities within the country
    • Books designated with the word - Sources - are or contain primary sources
    • To request books that are available at schools other than Towson:
      • Click on FindIt
      • Click on Check availability at all USMAI campuses
      • Click on Request
  • Or try a subject word/s search typing the word inquisition and other words such as heresy, church, trials, marranos, or jews
  • Cook Library's books on the Inquisition are in two places - BHI collection on the 2nd floor of the library and general stacks on the 5th floor
Primary Sources

BX1735 S63 2006

Homza, Lu Ann (ed). The Spanish Inquisition, 1478-1614. An Anthology of Sources. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett, 2006.

DS135 S8 A155

Kagan, Richard and Abigail Dyer (eds). Inquisitorial Inquiries. Brief Lives of Secret Jews and other Heretics. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.



Inquisitio: Manuscript and print sources for the study of Inquisition history

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Heresy and Inquisition [ David Burr/ Virginia Tech]

  • Translations of primary sources from Spiritual Franciscans and Beguins during the Inquisition
General Background on the Time Period
The following encyclopedias contain articles on various topics that provide definitions and context on the time period during which the Inquisition occurred. For example, find articles on cities, people, and events.

D114 D5

Dictionary of the Middle Ages

DP99 M33

Medieval Iberia: An Encyclopedia

  • Good place to find information on cities

DG443 M43

Medieval Italy: An Encyclopedia

  • Look here for information on cities in Italy

DS124 M386

Medieval Jewish Civilization: An Encyclopedia


BX841 N44

New Catholic Encyclopedia

BX955.2 D53

The Papacy

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ARTstor [Off campus access requires a TU NetID login.]

  • An online database of over 500,000 images offering an overview of world art, architecture, and visual culture
Chicago Style

Diana Hacker: Research and Documentation Online

  • Click on Chicago Guide (History)
  • Provides about 50 examples for citing sources in various formats, showing note and bibliographic style side-by-side
  • Use pop-up menu in middle of screen to locate specific examples

Chicago Manual of Style: Footnotes/Endnotes & Bibliography Style

  • Cook Library short guide

Chicago Manual of Style

  • Full-blown version, which requires login w/ TU NetID

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