The Spanish Inquisition: Orthodoxy and Oppression

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The Spanish Inquisition: Orthodoxy and Oppression

<p>The Spanish Inquisition started in 1478 and did not officially end until 1834. Beginning during the reign of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, those most Catholic Monarchs, it sought to

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The Spanish Inquisition started in 1478 and did not officially end until 1834. Beginning during the reign of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, those most Catholic Monarchs, it sought to detect heresy amongst the converso, converts from Judaism and Islam to Catholicism. With Torquemada as Inquisitor-General, over 120,000 people would be ‘inquisited’, many were tortured, and an estimated 5000 lost their lives. This course will look at the political and religious reasons for the Inquisition, the different torture methods and the curious misconception of the auto-de-fe.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Rawlings, Helen, The Spanish Inquisition, Blackwell Publishing (2006)
  • Kamen, Henry, The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision, New Haven: Yale University Press (2014)