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The Spanish Inquisition.

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In the year 1469 there was a union between the Spanish kingdoms, Aragon and Castile. This union would ignite the darkest moment of Spanish history, the Spanish Inquisition. Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella I of Castile, in hopes of obtaining the Castilian crown. Isabella's high-spirited and politically astute personality enabled her to retain sovereign authority in her own realm, they became known as the Spanish Kings. At the time, Spain was a nation-state created out of religious struggle between numerous religions. Both being of Catholic descent Ferdinand and Isabella decided to unite Spain through making Catholicism the official religion of the nation. Many reasons why they chose to make Spain a Catholic nation was so they could eliminate the Jewish, Muslim and Protestant competition. The people of these faiths would have to either convert or face impending death or exile if they decided to stay. The Spanish Inquisition stems from both greed and anti-Semitic feelings. ...read more.


He noted that "true and faithful Christians" were being imprisoned, tortured and condemned as heretics on false testimonies made by enemies, rivals, envious people etc. An example is in the year 1635 Pedro Ginesta, a man over 80 years of age of French origin was brought before the tribunal of Barcelona by a comrade for having supposedly eaten a meal of bacon and onions on a day of abstinence. Of all the popes that existed during the time of the Inquisition, only Pope Innocent III (who succeeded Pope Sixtus IV) supported the Spanish Inquisition, all the others attempted to put an end to the vicious inquisition, with each of them noting how inhumane it was. The reliability of the witnesses and the evidence is heavily questioned, not during the era but now, hundreds of years later. The witnesses are heavily disputed, it has been recorded by many scholars at the time that the witnesses were often servants of the accused, or had some type of grudge against them. ...read more.


The crown had commanded that the inquisitors could take part of the confiscated property as payment. When the inquisition first occurred the Jews fled the city; their property was confiscated by the Crown when they did so. Their property was irretrievable because according to the Crown, once they flee jurisdiction they give up all rights to their property. The informers that were heavily relied on by the prosecutors in all state tribunals had a claim to a proportion of the accused's property. The Spanish inquisition was fuelled by the people's worst traits: fear, greed, and intolerance, the greed for power and increased financial gain. What started off as a noble cause turned into a bloody nightmare, where great sins were committed in the name of God, the church used as a scapegoat in this horrible incident. Unnecessary fear struck into the citizens' mind, people unjustly persecuted because of their belief or of others accusations and the control that the state had over the people were all evident during that time. ...read more.

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