Mayday brings the first talk by our member Gary Loyden. He says:
“The Black Legend refers to historical accounts of the Inquisition in which it was presented as “cruel, bigoted, exploitative and self-righteous in excess of reality.” The term is usually applied to the Spanish Inquisition, stressing its role as anti-Spanish propaganda. In this talk I would like to consider that it might also be applicable to the time of the Medieval Inquisition, the 12th and 13th centuries.
In presenting opposing interpretations given by scholars, l will be asking the question whether the church, having created the inquisition as an institution with the well-intentioned aim of saving Christendom from dark forces, allowed it to develop into a cynical manoeuvre to reinforce the subjugation of the local populace of southern Europe.”
I hope to see you there.