FC: The Spanish Inquisition
1: When reading this book you will learn about the Visigoths, Muslim, Reconquista & Inquisition time periods in Spain.
2: "We really need to get more organized! We're fighting against ourselves," said one of the Visigoths named Gordy, to his best friend, who was also a Visigoth. "Yeah, I mean if our rulers continue to fight the Muslims might take over!" replied Gordy's friend, Bobby.
3: In case you're wondering, at this time, 622, Spain was a Christian country, ruled by a group called the Visigoths. The Visigoths were a part of the Roman Empire.
4: The Visigoths were becoming more and more disorganized as the days went on. One day, when they were getting their tan on, on top of a big hill, they saw a horrible sight.
5: " | A group of Muslims were running up the hill, all armed with weapons. "Attack!" yelled one of the Muslims. The Visigoths all ran back to get weapons.
6: The Muslims ran onto the battlefield with their massive, never-ending army. The Visigoths were sadly outnumbered, but fought valiantly because they were so vicious.
7: After several years of fighting, it was declared that Muslims had won the battle. "Ha! Now we will take over your land and make Spain a Muslim area!" the Muslins all yelled to the Visigoths.
8: During their rule, the Muslims enjoyed art, music, and architecture, and encouraged their people to learn about medicine, science, literature and art.
9: They soon after built a huge, gorgeous Muslim church, or mosque, in Cordoba, Spain. This was their way of trying to convert people to their religion. Some converted others thought, no way Jose!
10: Everyone was enjoying living under the Muslim rule, except the Jews, who were taxed. "Wow, this is so nice. I don't have to get beat on for practicing my different religion," said a tall man who lived in Spain happily.
11: Anyone who lived in Muslim Spain, but didn't practice the Muslim religion, were nicknamed "dhimmis". | A "dhimmis" getting a letter from the Muslim ruler.
12: But things took a horrible twist! By the early 1000's some Muslim states began to break off from the main empire. The states then started to fight and argue. Many weak leaders started to make the Muslim Empire fall apart.
13: The Christians, who had moved out to the Northern Coast, realized what was happening and wanted to make Muslim Spain even weaker!
14: "Oh this is just perfect! We can make them even weaker, then take Spain back and make it Christian again! Let's go attack! Everyone grab your weapons," hollered their ruler. Then they were off.
15: This was another unexpected attack for the Muslims. The Christian ruler went to the Muslim ruler and told him they planned to attack and take back what was rightfully theirs to begin with! The battle between the Muslims and Christians began.
16: The Christians had skillfully planned their attack, where they grouped into tight, organized groups with all the same weapons,while Muslims kept in a straight line on the battlefield. It was because of that, that the Christians won! "We shall call this the Reconquista, because we're re-conquering Spain!" happily yelled the Christian ruler.
17: Over 407 years the Christians slowly gained more and more land, and after 7 major battles, they had reclaimed almost all of Spain.
18: After the Reconquista was such a success, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand became the official rulers of Spain. They got married on October 18th, 1469. They married not because of love, but because they wanted to combine Spain. The king and queen had a special tax on Muslims. Why, you might ask? Well it was because the Muslims had made the Christians pay a special tax when they were in charge. The Jews have always had a special tax to pay (everyone's just picking on the Jews)!
19: The Spanish Inquisition began in 1492, when Isabella and Ferdinand decided that they wanted a country that was all Christian, specifically Catholic. Not everyone converted to Catholicism, truly believed in being Catholic. This made them very, very angry and they decided they needed to figure out who was truly Catholic and who was faking it. This was how the Inquisition started.