Spanish Inquisition Summary

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The book, The Spanish Inquisition, tells us everything we need to know about the Spanish Inquisition. The Book explains everything from the start to the end and it keys on explaining its primary targets and its main purpose. The Spanish Inquisition was a state institution ran by the church and depending on who you asked they did accomplish its goals. The Inquisition between 1478 and 1502 by Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon. The Inquisition was ordering Jews to be expelled and the Muslims to convert to Catholicism. During the Inquisition the main targets were Muslims, Jews, and non-Christians. The fear of Jewish influence is what led Isabella and Ferdinand to write the petition to the Pope asking to start an Inquisition in Spain.…show more content…
However, the Inquisition led to the flight or exile of many thousands of Jews from Spain, and the torture and execution of those ostensible Christians convicted of observing non-Christian religious activities. The Spanish Inquisition was a state institution ran by the church. “The Spanish Inquisition was an ecclesiastical court placed under the authority of the state.”(101), this is how it was able to be more successful than other Inquisitions, for example the one created in the thirteenth century that was against the Waldesians and the Cathars. The pope, who was the head of the Spanish Inquisition, was to defend the faith and repress heresy. Sixtus IV gave Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of the Castile the responsibility to appoint inquisitors and investigate converts. Torquemada was made grand inquisitor by the pope. He was to appoint delegated inquisitors. The grand inquisitor was the person nominated by the king of Spain. By doing this the Spanish Holy office was dependent upon the grand inquisitor, the state, which nominated him. The council of the inquisition was known as Suprema for short, and it was created in 1488. It was composed of four councilors, which became six later, and two secretaries. One was for Aragon and the other was for Castile. Along with that there was two representatives from the council of Castile. The Suprema also controlled

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