History of The Spanish Inquisition

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The Spanish Inquisition became a major part of Spain’s history. The Spanish Inquisition began a restoration for Catholicism but as time progressed, it began to be seen as a terrible aspect of Spain rule by other European countries. The Spanish Inquisition was formed to get rid of heresy but soon turned into using force, to have people convert to Catholicism and get rid of the growing threat of Judaism and Protestantism. The Islamic presence in Spain would lead to a medieval Inquisition which served as a background to the Spanish Inquisition. During the time of the 700’s, Islam was expanding to the Iberian Peninsula and North Africa(Spanish Inquisition). This led them to the South of Spain(Spanish Inquisition). Because Spain was…show more content…
However, the effect of religion was seen in the Inquisition. The Inquisition officers were university specialists in law and Theology (Catholic Culture). This does point at the stance that perhaps the Inquisition was not entirely corrupt at the time. As the king’s power rose through the effects of closing out the Church the more corrupt it became. The king saw the Inquisition as “ensuring religious health of their kingdoms ” (Catholic Culture). At this point secular rulers began taking over the Inquisition (Catholic Culture). In 1482, Pope Sixtus ordered for people to have trials (Catholic Culture). King Ferdinand accused the Pope of bribery and that was the “end of [the] papacy role in the Inquisition” (Catholic Culture).
The Inquisition had a pyramid structure as to who operated the Inquisition. At the top was the Supreme council of The Inquisition which was appointed by the king (Simon Lemieux). Next were the two secretaries of Castile and Aragon (Simon Lemieux). These secretaries dealt with the administration of tribunals all over the territory of Spain and Spain itself (Simon Lemieux). Next were the tribunals which had a maximum of 21 in 1683 (Simon Lemieux). Each tribunals had three inquisitors (Simon Lemieux). The tribunals themselves depended on the “local informers known as familiars” (Simon Lemieux) for information on who to accuse. During the beginning it was the Inquisitorial general who ruled the Inquisition. The
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