The Importance Of The Spanish Inquisition

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Spanning the years 1478 to 1834, the Spanish Inquisition was at play for just under 400 long years. An inquisition is a period of continuous fierce questioning or investigation. Throughout this period there were many accused followed by numerous trials, which ultimately led to a great deal of deaths. The Spanish Inquisition was a “witch hunt” because of its ominous background of revenge and suspicion, its purpose and unjust implementation, and its significant comparison to Arthur Miller’s chronicle of witch hunts in his novel, The Crucible. Preceding the Spanish Inquisition was the Medieval Inquisition, which served to spark the Spanish Inquisition. For the Medieval people, religion was very important; they did not see religion as solely conducted within church, but religion was additionally embedded in politics, integrated into their identity, along with their daily life. Then heresy, a belief or opinion contrary to orthodox religious (especially Christian) doctrine, came into view, and spread through Europe. The lack of religious conformity was an affront to many during this highly critical era. The Medieval Inquisition started in 1184 when a pope named Pope Lucius III transmitted a list of suspected heresies to Europe’s bishops. Pope Lucius III wanted the the bishops to determine if those accused were guilty or not guilty of being heretics. “Most people accused of heresy by the Medieval Inquisition were either acquitted or their sentence suspended.” Therefore, those
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