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5/5 Journalist Andrew Brown examines our insatiable appetite for celebrity confession.
4/5 Dr Iain Lauchlan explores the Moscow show trials. Were they an atheist inquisition?
3/5 Isobel Gowdie skilfully elaborated her witch confession. Dr Emma Wilby examines why.
2/5 Confession spans the spiritual and legal. Prof John Arnold explores the Inquisition.
1/5 Dr Kathryn Tempest examines the roots of one of history's most powerful legal concepts.