How Bad was the Spanish Inquisition? (Short Animated Documentary)

published on July 20, 2020

The Spanish Inquisition has a certain reputation it is seen as a bastion of near indiscriminate torture and corruption and of brutal repressions of Jews and Muslims to put it bluntly it's an institution with a bad reputation but just how bad was the Spanish Inquisition

Really where they really as terrible as they were made out to be or resist the result of historical disinformation now obviously the Spanish Inquisition was a long-lived body that operated differently in different areas and was

Also reformed several times the way it did things were subject to change depending on circumstances and as such we're going to focus on the period during the reign of King Philippe ii just to narrow things down and the

Reason why is that this is the period in which the inquisition was said to be at its worst before continuing there's something that does need to be said though most people expected the Spanish Inquisition because when a person was

Being prosecuted they would give you roughly a mumps notice so the Spanish Inquisition was tasked with one thing to rid Spain of any threats to the Catholic faith the primary crime they were looking for was of course heresy

Although they did investigate things like witchcraft so at the time the accusation of witchcraft in the practicing of magic was a fairly common one whilst many people at the time did believe in witchcraft it's important to

Note that the Catholic Church and by extension the Spanish Inquisition were very skeptical the majority of witchcraft cases ended with acquittal and those who were found guilty of making false claims were often

Fined for those who would unknowingly committed acts of heresy or claim to be healers or somesuch their punishment wasn't death but public penance although if you were found guilty of being a witch

You'd be tortured and killed but what about the Inquisition's main focus what about heretics well the Inquisition had been founded to confirm the conversion of mariscos and conversos who were former Muslims and Jews who had

Been commanded to convert or leave Spain in the late 15th century these people were often harassed by the Inquisition and in many cases they were expected to pay bribes in order to be left alone so what if someone was caught with non

Catholic religious texts or word god forbid a protestant for a start they certainly be tortured although the inquisition actually did this less than secular authorities this would go on until you confessed or until an

Inquisitor decided on whether or not you were guilty foreign traders who were Protestants were often tortured before being fined and then expelled from Spain these people then wrote of their ordeals which were widely disseminated across

The Protestant world hence the Inquisition's reputation for those who were guilty didn't repent or couldn't pay their way out the punishment was after death fire burning you should be aware

Though that there weren't many of these and only about 2% of all trials ended with an execution so to conclude by modern standards the Spanish Inquisition was pretty brutal it was driven by a near rabid hatred of other religions it

Was corrupt in its demands for bribes and it was responsible for widespread torture and executions by medieval standards they were often much better than the alternative they required evidence for trials they were skeptical

Of any accusations and their torture was often less severe and the Spanish Inquisition was one of the first institutions to dismiss confessions obtained by torture so whilst they were bad for the time they weren't that bad

Compared to other inquisitions especially the Roman Inquisition they were quite lenient I hope you enjoyed this episode and thank you for watching with the special thanks to my patreon supporters James Bissonnette calling

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