"History is past politics, and politics present history." John Robert Seeley

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see." Winston Churchill

"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." Aristotle


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 


please install flash

Comments are closed.