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The Spanish Inquisition and Christianity The Spanish Inquisition began as a quest to purify Spain of heretics but it soon became much more than that There are two very distinct views of what really happened during the time of the Inquisition One longstanding belief is that of the terror of the Inquisition as a thing of nightmares where thousands of people were subjected to cruel torture The other more modern view is that the Inquisition was no where near as terrible as it had been proclaimed The main foundation behind the second idea is that the facts of the Inquisition were over-exaggerated to give ammunition against Spain and the Catholic Church The second idea says that the Spanish Inquisition is only part of the Black Legend- that body of writings which since the 16th century has vilified both Spain and its Catholic faith O Brien 1 Many also consider the second idea to be totally wrong and agree with Plaidy who writes The Inquisition was surely one of the most cruel institutions ever set up by manIt was an evil thing and from it grew evil 16 Many people believe that the newer idea is incorrect because many of the most prominent exponents for the second idea are Catholics and Spaniards who are most probably trying to restore good name to their ancestors whether or not they deserve it Whichever one of these theories is true the fact remains that while the Spanish Inquisition helped to make Christianity the largest religion it also weakened the power and wealth of the Church The Spanish Inquisition is said to have begun with the reign of Ferdinand V and Isabellas reign as the king and queen of Spain There were some issues that planted the seed for the Inquisition before the rule of Ferdinand and Isabella One factor was that many were jealous of
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