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The Spanish Inquisition by Henry Kamen first appered in 1965. A completely revised edition has been published in London by Weidenfeld and Nicolson and in the United States by Yale University Press. The first edition received high praise. Kamen, who lives and does research in Barcelona, interprets Spanish history as the conservative Partido Popular does. Philip II has been officially rehabilitated, and Kamen likewise says that the Inquisition was not as bad or as typically Spanish as the Black Legend claimed. Indeed, Philip II, the "Devil of the South," was just the extreme example of the principle "Cuius regio, eius religio." Many historians feel, however, that this rehabilitation does too far, and criticize Kamen's conclusions. Despite that, his account is well-written and informative.
Ronald Hilton - 07/30/99