The Spanish Inquisition took place in the kingdoms of Castilla and Aragon (present-day Spain) in 1492 when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella ordered all the Jews and Muslims who refused to convert to Christianity out of Castilla and Aragon. Ferdinand and Isabella were known as “Los Reyes Catolicos” and were devout Christians. Their religious fervor was what inspired them to send Christopher Columbus to the “New World” in the first place, in hopes of converting the indigenous peoples to Christianity. It was because of this fervor that coerced them to expel all the Muslims and Jews out of their kingdom of Castilla and Aragon. They believed that anyone who didn’t fully believe in or accept the Christian faith were guilty of heresy or the rejection of faith. They were convinced that many of the conversos (Jewish converts) were only pretending to believe in Christianity. They then established the Inquisition in an attempt to purify the Christian Church and drive out all the heretics. The Inquisition gave them the power to arrest, judge, accuse, and punish the heretics. It was then that Los Reyes Catolicos instigated one of the most horrific events in history. Thousands of so-called heretics died during the Inquisition. Anyone suspected of being a heretic could be arrested and were guilty until proven innocent. The accused were given a trial, called an auto da fe, and the sentence if proven guilty, was death. Even after thousands of death, the monarchs remained unsatisfied. They signed an ordinance giving all the Jews four months to be baptized. Some Jews agreed to become baptized, but most tried to flee to France or England who refused to let them enter their countries.
The Spanish Inquisition
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