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This is the third series I have completed with Dr. Madden. They have all been excellent! Dr. Madden consistently provides a detailed description and rational analysis of events and in doing so, dispels preconceived notions about controversial historical periods such as the Crusades and the Inquisition. His knowledge is encyclopedic. I also enjoy Dr. Madden's humor--it brings some levity to some very serious topics and makes the conversations entertaining!
This course presented a lot of new (for me) information about the Inquisition and its various forms. I especially liked Dr. Madden's discussions about the myths surrounding the Inquisition and the use and means of torture. I think the course underestimated the Inquisition's psychological impacts and how it may have shaped the behaviors of the populations in the countries where it was active. But at the same time it presented a historically well researched basis for presenting a balanced view of what the Inquisition was all about.
Incredible detail and insights
I did not know what to expect when I signed up for a course on this topic. I was astonished by how different the facts are from what I thought I knew about the Inquisition. I have taken a number of courses led by Dr. Madden. He is always insightful and presents a wonderfully balanced view of the subject at hand.
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