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A bloodshed reckless and frightening the Spanish inquisition became a threat to anyone who did not follow the beliefs of the catholic churches It was almost destined to happen after the way Spain came to life The nation-state was born out of religious struggles between many different belief systems The Inquisitions were run by both civil and church authorities which were used as a way for the Spanish rulers to unify the country into a strong nation King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella established the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 along with a reluctant approval of Pope Sixtus IV Entirely controlled by the Spanish kings the pope barely had a grip on the Inquisition the only thing that he had control of was naming who the inquisitor general was The entire purpose of the Inquisition was to unify and organize the country by punishing or trying to convert any non-believers like the Jewish Muslims Pagans Moors and any others Any heresy was intolerable for the Catholics After someone was accused of a heresy or other crimes a court would examine the evidence that they were given and they would be the judges of whether or not the person was faithful to the Catholic religion or even considered an enemy In the earlier stages of the Spanish Inquisition people that were accused of heresy would have inquisitors try and force them into the catholic religion They often used torture to try and persuade people to give in and confess to their apparent sins The Catholics themselves did none of the torturing considering they thought it was wrong to perform it on someone So rather then doing the torture themselves this is mainly where the civil authorities came into play The Catholics would accuse men and women of their sins and when they wanted something to be done about it they would let the government take over with the torture and other means of
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