Describes the western world's most potent religion, Catholicism, and its determination to maintain power at any cost in medieval France, 15th century Spain, Renaissance Italy and even into the 19th century. Historians, experts and Church authorities advise on the handling of this controversial subject matter.
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EPISODE 1 - THE LAND OF ERROR - In the 12th century, an upstart Christian sect called Catharism challenges Church doctrine and the absolute power of the Pope. Pope Innocent III declares a Holy War to kill these people. The remote French village of Montaillou is the last stronghold of the Cathars. One man, Bishop Jacques Fournier, becomes one of the most skilled interrogators of the Holy Inquisition. EPISODE 2 - THE TEARS OF SPAIN - Fernando and Isabel proclaim themselves the Catholic Monarchs. In the war to drive the remaining Muslims from the south of the Kingdom their scapegoats become the Conversos, Jews who have converted to Christianity and who are now accused of being traitors and heretics secretly trying to undermine the Church. The Spanish Inquisition is born and a campaign of terror begins. EPISODE 3 - THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD - In 16th century the rise of Protestantism weakens the Church's spiritual control and its political influence. To protect the Roman Church from these ... Written by
The problem with this expose' is it doesn't really explain anything. It just tells you stories of people who fell victim to the inquisition. There is no revelation about the inquisition and it's perpetrators. You're just watching one story after another without any significant details including the horrors of their punishments and executions.
I watched most of this then shut if off. This was geared for children in early middle school who it will also certainly put to sleep but, prepare them for the more gruesome reality they will encounter as their education in history progresses. The details of why this was going on however are just disregarded so it leaves any viewer with no background on this history, fumbling in the dark.
Save it for the 6th graders, this is really boring material.
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