Everyone Expects the Spanish Inquisition: The Making of Spain’s 'Black Legend'

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Spain became a byword for cruelty in much of Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, whether it was the brutality of American colonisation, the tyranny of the Spanish Inquisition or the horrors of the Eighty Years’ War in the Netherlands. 

This lecture will survey this ‘black legend’ and ask what made it so enduring – and why some parts of the story, such as the Inquisition’s genocidal campaign against Spanish Jews, received so much less attention than others.

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This event was on Wed, 25 Sep 2019

Professor Alec Ryrie Gresham Professor of Divinity.

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Professor Alec Ryrie is Gresham Professor of Divinity.

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