The Inquisition becomes very active in Spain

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Historical Context Note

The inquisition became particularly notorious in Spain under the dual monarchy of Ferdinand II and Isabella of Aragon and Castille (ruled 1474-1516), the Spanish monarchs who oversaw the completion of the “Reconquista” -- the expulsion of the Moors and reconquest of Spain for Catholic Europe -- by capturing the last Moorish stronghold of Granada, the expulsion of the 170,000 or so Jews who refused to convert to the true faith, and discovery of the New World, all in the momentous year of 1492. Having nearly possessed the geographical territory of modern Spain, in 1478 they had already sought authority from Pope Sixtus IV to establish a special institution to achieve conformity of belief throughout their territory. The Spanish …

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Editors. "The Inquisition becomes very active in Spain". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
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