Essay On The Spanish Inquisition

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Kenedi Small Professor Mosley HIST 1320-04 2/13/18 Spanish Inquisition The Inquisition was set up within the Catholic Church to punish those who did not believe in the Orthodox religious doctrine. It begun in the 12th Century and continued for hundreds of years and became known for their cruel punishments and murder of Jews and Muslims. The worst of it took place in Spain where the Spanish Inquisition was established. It carried on for about two hundred years and claimed the lives 32,000. In 1478, the Spanish Inquisition was established by King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella, both Spanish monarchs. They both combined the Kingdom of Castile and the Kingdom of Aragón through their marriage which constructed a united Spain. They were both devoted…show more content…
One inquisitor was stabbed in the church, while another poisoned. Tomas de Torquemada eventually found 42 of the perpetrators, gathered them up, and burned them at the Stake. Torquemada’s reign came to end when he accused members of the clergy of heresy. This caused them to send complaints to Pope Alexander VI which resulted in Torquemada having to share his leadership position with four other clergymen. The Spanish Inquisition all together came to end in 1808 when Napoleon conquered Spain and abolished the Inquisition. After Napoleon failed to take over Spain in 1814, King Ferdinand VII tried to restore the Inquisition but was stopped by the French Government. An agreement was made with France to demolish the Inquisition forever. This became official in 1834. In conclusion, the Spanish Inquisition was a lengthy power hungry era to end anything that didn’t have anything to do with the Catholic Church. This event is similar to Holocaust because they had somewhat of the same agenda. Both the Spanish monarchs and Hitler wanted to get rid of the Jewish population as a whole. Although, the Catholic Church did give the Jews a chance to convert before killing them, they were still killed and their population did decline. Just reflecting back in history, Jewish people have had to deal with a lot of hate and prejudice because of their

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