The Spanish Inquisition Essay

1130 Words Oct 27th, 2007 5 Pages
The Spanish Inquisition became an infamous event in history that would interest and shock people for centuries to come. King Ferdinand V and Queen Isabella of Spain started the Spanish Inquisition in September of 1480; however, it was two years earlier in the November of 1478 that Pope Sixtus IV actually authorized the two monarchs to set up and start the Inquisition. (The Spanish Inquisition, n.d.)

The Inquisition mostly dealt with the conversos, or "Jews who had converted either under duress or out of social convenience, and were suspected of secretly practicing the Jewish faith." (The Spanish Inquisition, n.d.) While this is given as a definition of conversos, some people believe that the majority of conversos were excellent
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Some people used the Inquisition to get rid of their enemies. Old Christians and Jews used these trials as a weapon against their converso enemies. They could use this opportunity against enemies, some motivators being greed, opportunism, and revenge. Since the Inquisition mainly set out for conversos, the newly converted, and not people who's families have been Christian for years and years, the Old Christians had nothing to fear and could wield it without care or worry. (Madden, 2003)

In 1808 King Joseph Bonaparte abolished the Spanish Inquisition. However his successor, Ferdinand VII brought it back in 1814 with certain guidelines, set by Pope Pius VII, such as the ending the practice of torture. The Inquisition was not officially abolished until 1820. (The Spanish Inquisition, n.d.)

Many different number figures appear when talking about the Spanish Inquisition and it's victims. Some say that the number of victims cannot be estimated even with approximate accurateness. Other numbers that show up say that in about the first 15 years of the Inquisition, about 2,000 conversos were burned at the stake. (Madden, 2003) Another number that showed up was in the first 12 years more than 13,000 conversos were put on trial. (The Inquisition, 2007) That same article says that by 1808, the Inquisition's first abolishment, an estimated 31,912 were burned at the stake and 291, 450 make

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