Volume V, 2006
Dr. J. Michael Francis
From its inception to the present, critics of the Spanish Inquisition has characterized the institution as omnipotent and oppressive and highlighted its role in the expulsion, forced conversion, and execution of supposed heretics. The latter perception is misleading. Revisionist historians by the 1960s dismissed the latter portrayal and offered a more objective description of the institution. A careful analysis of Inquisition records and secondary literature reveals that the Spanish Inquisition was less powerful and more benign than previously characterized.
Ortiz, Drek, "Ruthless Oppressors? Unraveling the Myth About the Spanish Inquisition" (2006). All Volumes (2001-2008). Paper 66.