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1478 NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION

For more than 350 years, from its establishment on 1 November 1478, the Spanish Inquisition was tasked to protect Roman Catholicism and tackle heresy. In truth, it became a seat of substantial power and influence, and the methods used gave it a fearsome and brutal reputation. From the first grand inquisitor in Spain, Tomás de Torquemada, suspects faced torture and execution, many by burning at the stake. It is unknown how many died before the Inquisition was eventually abolished in 1834.

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