2nd October 2019

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Why is the Spanish Inquisition so important?

Ferdinand and Isabella chose Catholicism to unite Spain and in 1478 asked permission of the pope to begin the Spanish Inquisition to purify the people of Spain. They began by driving out Jews, Protestants and other non-believers.

Why was the Inquisition so important?

The popes were never reconciled to the institution, which they regarded as usurping a church prerogative. The purpose of the Spanish Inquisition was to discover and punish converted Jews (and later Muslims) who were insincere.

When was the Inquisition?

Roughly 700 years. The official start is usually given as 1231 A.D., when the pope appoints the first “inquisitors of heretical depravity.” The Spanish Inquisition, which begins under Ferdinand and Isabella, doesn't end until the 19th century — the last execution was in 1826.
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