Some Chilling Curiosity About The Spanish Inquisition

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The Spanish court established in Spain by Ferdinand II of Aragon also called the Spanish Inquisition was part of a precise plan to counter Muslim rule and Jewish presence in the Iberian peninsula. Today it is remembered as a dark and inhumane period for clear reasons. Do you know what these reasons are?

The trials were absolutely unfair

The defendant could be denied the defence instrument (the lawyer) and could only be informed later of the charges that were brought against him.

Witnesses who refused to make statements gave, according to the judges, further confirmation of the defendant’s guilt. If the witnesses decided to support the defendant, they were suspected of heresy.

When a person was suspected of heresy, he could be imprisoned and tortured until he was six, so that a confession could be extorted.

Inquisitors, culturally educated and well educated in comparison to the populace, used clever play of words to deceive them and lead them to a accidental admission of guilt.

However, if the defendants chose to confess, they were subjected in any case to public penance.

Torture was brutal

Pope Innocent IV, on May 15, 1252, issued a bull called “Ad extirpanda” in which the use of torture as a judicial practice was legalized. Innocent claimed that it was a method of “bringing truth to light.”

The torture of the Spanish Inquisition, which involved about 150,000 people who were persecuted and tortured, was truly ruthless.

The “stringing” was among the most practiced tortures at that time. It consisted in tying the wrists behind the condemned’s back with a long rope. A pulley would gradually lift the body from its arms to the tearing and loosening of joints, muscles and arms. To maximize the effect of torture, they could also hang weights at the victim’s feet. This almost always led to life-cracking.

Jews and Muslims were persecuted even after they had converted

As we have already said, Ferdinando’s goal was to eliminate the presence of Muslims and Jews from the Iberian peninsula.

When the Spanish Inquisition was established, many Jews and Muslims were banished from their homes, and to avoid exile they converted to Catholicism, which made them only easier targets for the Catholic court. Later, Protestants were persecuted for heresy.

The Inquisition gained a great economic advantage

People who were judged and condemned in the name of religion were obviously confiscated their property and land. All the wealth went to the government and then to its officials!

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