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The Spanish Inquisition

Inquisition Tortures

1478 – 1834

Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition

  • Under the control of the Spanish Monarchy
  • Tried heretics for non-conformity to Catholic scripture
  • Issued declarations for Jews & Muslims to convert or leave Spain
  • Those arrested would be interrogated for long periods, often based on one of thousands of informants employed by the Inquisition to inform on other people.
  • Anyone could be accused of heresy, even those who simply expressed doubts about Catholic scripture.
  • Defendants were often severely tortured as punishment for heresy

Each team of investigators contained:

  1. A Grand Inquisitor
  2. Two subordinate inquisitors
  3. A scribe 
  4. A doctor

Torture Methods:

  1. The Strappado
  2. The Rack 

 

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