Mention of the Inquisition frequently brings up memories of Monty Python or Mel Brooks's singing portrayal of Torquemada in "History of the World." However, the real story, while arguably less entertaining, is much more fascinating. "God's Jury: The Inquisition and the making of the Modern World" By Cullen Murphy discusses the three separate operations of the Inquisition throughout history and the fact that there was never really one program that can be accurately termed "The Inquisition." While the author tries to weave stories of inquisitorial practices into modern history with some bias, the volume of historical information does make this an interesting read. A historical footnote of interest, the Vatican bureaucracy overseeing what was known as the Inquisition remains in operation and was named the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Roman and Universal Inquisition until as recently as 1904.
--Michael B., Jamestown Bluffs Branch