Historical Who is Who

TORQUEMADA

1420 - 1498
Spain
RELIGION, POLITICS

 

From a background as a Dominican friar, he was appointed Grand Inquisitor in Spain, with the brief to root out those who practised their Jewish (Marranos) or Muslim (Moriscos) faith in secret from throughout the different regions of the country including Majorca. The questioning skills were developed to a fine art. Those refusing baptism were expelled in 1492. This plus the estimated 2000 deaths, along with the torture and expropriation of land and belongings in the name of Roman Catholicism is perverse religious prejudice at its worst.

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