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S: A Horrifyingly Bad Experience

FC: SPAIN | 1478 | The Spanish Inquisition and I

1: The BEGINNINGS | Alonso de Hojeda convinced Queen Isabella that false converts, Conversos, as they we called. The queen believed that the converts, mainly converted Muslims and Jews, were conspiring to remove her from power and turn the country of to Islamic leaders. The queen authorized Alonso to form a department dedicated to weed out these conversos to preserve her reign.

2: The | INQUISITORS | a | Inquisition Figurines | The Inquisitors were generally garbed in red. They were devout catholics and served the royalty and pope.

3: Jews, Muslims, and even Protestants were persecuted. If you weren't Catholic, you were a target. | Unity through | CHAOS | The inquisition was formed to keep the Islamic moors, whom the Spanish had to fight to regain the Iberian Peninsula, under control. At the time of Inquisition's formation, Spain was under control of Catholic royalty and the church had a lot of power. The Inquisition's main goal was to keep the entire population obedient to the Catholic church and living by the Bible.

4: EDICTS OF GRACE | When the Inquisition came to a city, they would announce an Edict of Grace. This edict said that a period of grace, which lasted about a month, was a time were people could confess religious crimes. They would still be punished, but the Inquisition would be less hostile. However, they had to rat on the people who conspired with them. Despite this, many people confessed, giving the Inquisition an infinite supply of informants.

5: TORURE | The Inquisition used many methods of torture on the heretics. One of their most commonly used ones was the Rack. With chains or ropes tied to your limbs, the rack slowly pulled them out of their sockets. Victims experience broken bones, dislocated joints, extreme pain, and even death. | The torture itself was not punishment. Rather, it was a means of extracting confessions. Torture was used on everyone, including children, women and the elderly.

6: The TRIAL | A judge heard my case. Five things could have happened to me; acquittal, suspension, penance, reconciliation, or execution. I was penanced. | Acquittal was the best possible outcome. The suspect was free to go, but this rarely happened. Suspension was like acquittal, only the case could be resumed at any time. The Inquistion often suspended people who were not guilty, just so that it looked as though they had not made a mistake. Penance was the softest punishment. People who were penanced were fined, and spent time in the stockades. Exile was also a possibility.

7: Reconciliation and execution were the worst punishments. Reconciliated people had to forfeit their estate, and were often physically punished, like whipping. Execution was, well, death. This was public, and was often done by burning the suspect at the stake. | PUNISHMENT

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