The Auto da Fé: Ritual and Imagery

  title={The Auto da F{\'e}: Ritual and Imagery},
  author={Francisco Bethencourt},
  journal={Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes},
  pages={155 - 168}
t is well known to historians that the Auto da FH, as instituted by the medieval Inquisition and particularly developed in Spain and Portugal, used its elaborate ceremonies to emphasize the triumph of Catholic faith over heresy. It came to be perceived as a very emblem of the Inquisition, a triumph of the inquisitors and a supreme expression of the way in which the Catholic Church repressed dissident opinion. Yet this very effective ritual, representing not only the vision of a specific… 
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