Medieval Inquisition Essay

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The word inquisition means to examine. Inquisitors would examine suspected heretics; people whose ideas do not match those of the Roman Catholic Church, and punish them accordingly. (World Future Fund. 18th September.2011. ) The inquisition was created by Papal Dull and issued by the 12th century by Pope Lucius the second, as a way to fight Catharism in France; which is a Christian religious sect. (Catholic League. 1st November.2011. ) Alonso de Hojeda, from Seville convinced Queen Isabella of the existence of crypto-Judaism or the secret obedience of Judaism among the conversos or the ones who converted to Catholicism. Pedro Mendoza and Archbishop of Seville confirmed the statement. (Medieval-Life. 11th October.2011. ) Different methods were used to fund the inquisition such as increasing political authority, weakening opposition, profiting from properties, reducing social stress, and protecting the kingdom from danger. (History Medren. 20th September.2011. ) A dark era in Spain’s medieval history took place with the establishment of the Spanish inquisition in 1480. Inquisitors tortured and killed those they suspected of being heretics and false converts from Jewish and Muslim. The guilty faced imprisonment, hanging, beheading, and burning at stake. It lasted until the 19th century.(Catholic League. 1st November.2011. ) The inquisition’s purpose was to ensure orthodoxy of those who converted from Judaism and Islam. This was after they issued a new law stating that Jews and Muslims have to convert or else leave in 1492-1501. (World Future Fund. 18th September.2011. ) The most famous period of inquisition began in 1478 with the start of the Spanish inquisition or Tribunal del Sant Oficio de la Inquisicion. The Spanish Inquisition was established in 1480 by Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand the second of Aragon and Isabella the first of

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