What exactly was the Spanish Inquisition?

In 1492, Spain announced it would expel all Jews

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06/05/24 | StarsInsider


The Spanish Inquisition represents one of the darkest chapters in human history. Part of the wider Catholic Inquisition, the systematic persecution of Jews and Muslims began in the late 1400s and continued for three centuries. The name Inquisition is derived from the Latin verb inquiro ("inquire into"), but this was a judicial procedure that went far beyond just asking questions. So, what was this brutal period of religious victimization all about, and how did it start?

Click through for a history lesson in oppression, torture, and burnings at the stake.

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