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Spanish Inquisition. Islamic Invasions. 711 – Muslim (Moorish) invasion Beginning of “RECONQUEST” – liberate Spain from Muslim control Al Andalus: Moorish name for Iberia. Conversions. A Jew that converts to Christianity was known as a Converso

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Spanish inquisition

Spanish Inquisition


Islamic invasions

Islamic Invasions

  • 711 – Muslim (Moorish) invasion

  • Beginning of “RECONQUEST” – liberate Spain from Muslim control

  • Al Andalus: Moorish name for Iberia


Conversions

Conversions

  • A Jew that converts to Christianity was known as a Converso

  • A Moor who converts to Christianity was known as a Morisco


Jews moors christians

Jews, Moors & Christians

  • Jews protected by king: too important to commerce

  • Moriscos (Moors) live away from Christians (mainly in the South in Grenada)

  • Christians dominate Spain

  • Convivencia: “Co-existence”

    • Helped bring classical ideas to Spain

    • Medicine, philosophy

    • Toledo


Pogroms of 1391

Pogroms of 1391

Mass Conversions to Christianity (20,000 Jews)

Jews become a race and no longer just a religion


Limpieza de sangre blood purity

Limpieza de Sangre (Blood Purity)

  • Before the Pogroms of 1391, Jew is part of a religion

  • Conversions mean they are Christians and equal…

  • Old vs. New Christians


Blood libel mid 1400s

Blood Libel -- Mid 1400s

  • Propaganda against Jews

  • Stories told of Jews stealing Christian babies and sacrificing them at night.

  • Widespread Fear

  • La Guardia Trial: “sorcery and the murder of a Christian child”. Used as a tool in order to provoke complete expulsion of Jews (and Conversos)


Unification of spain

Unification of Spain

  • Spanish Kingdoms, Civil War: 1474-79

  • Isabella (Castile) marries the Prince of Aragon, Ferdinand V (1479)

  • Castile + Aragon = United Spain (Northern – see map, following slide)

  • All that remains is to “reclaim” southern Spain


Spanish inquisition

1492

  • Invasion of Grenada (Spain is completely unified)

  • Expulsion of the Jews


Torquemada

Torquemada

  • 1483: Grand Inquisitor of both Castile and Aragon

  • Anti-Semitic. Wants expulsion of the Jews.

  • Powerful: Confessor (primary spiritual advisor) to Isabella.


The spanish inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition

  • Pope Sixtus IV signs the Papal Bull in 1478. Spain has the right to start the Inquisition.

    • Isabella and Ferdinand will be the “most Catholic” of monarchs

    • They become active defenders of the faith

  • Holy Office - Organization of the Inquisitors.

  • Heresy = “Wrong Thinking”

  • Inactive until the La Guardia Trial in 1491.

  • 1478-1530 Most active period of the Inquisition


How to find heresy

How to Find Heresy

  • Look for people who are . .

    • Not Eating Pork

    • Using Olive Oil

    • Reading Prohibited Books

    • Secretly practicing Judaism


Why did the inquisition start

Why did the Inquisition Start?

  • Money: confiscation of resources

  • Racism – Christians were blaming Jews for killing Jesus.

  • Religion – Some believed there was only one true faith


How did the inquisition work

How did the Inquisition Work

  • Edict of Grace (7days – 30days)

  • Denunciation

  • Reconciliation


Makeup of the inquisition

Makeup of the Inquisition

  • Suprema (1488) – 6 members rule over the Inquisition

  • Tribunals –courtrooms

  • Familiars – Spies

  • Finances – confiscations, fines, penances, dispensation.


Privileges of member to the inquisition

Privileges of Member to the Inquisition

  • Inspection

  • Censor Literature – Index of Prohibited Books

  • Immunity from other Jurisdictions

  • Tax Exemption

  • No Quartering of Troops


The trial

The Trial

Witnesses – testify against you, not for you

Enemies – You could confess by naming others (revenge on enemies)


Torture

Torture

  • Toca – Water Torture

  • Potro – The Rack

  • Garrucha – Hung by ceiling


Autos de f

Autos de Fé

  • Act of Faith

  • Sanbenito

  • Burned In Effigy


Moriscos

Moriscos

  • April 4 , 1609 Expulsion of the Moriscos

    • Led to Economic Problems

    • Spain had little commercial activity


The end of the inquisition

The End of the Inquisition

  • The French Revolution of 1789 would cause the Inquisition to disband.

    • Diversion of resources

  • After the Revolution the “Cortes de Cadiz” chose not to include the Inquisition in the new constitution.


The inquisition and witchcraft

The Inquisition and Witchcraft

Over 110,000 witches were killed in Europe.

Less than 100 killed in Spain


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