• The Spanish Inquisition

  • Crime, War & Conflict
  • By: iMinds
  • Narrated by: Luca James Lee
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)
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Learn the history of the Spanish Inquisition with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. The Spanish Inquisition was a governing authority started by the crown in the late-fifteenth century. It included a network of spies who worked across the state to ensure Spaniards conformed to the accepted behavior of traditional Catholic subjects. It was relentless in ensuring Catholic orthodoxy within Spain. But why was Spain so self-conscious in ensuring a singular religious identity?

Let's go back to the year 711. Muslim armies from North Africa successfully conquer much of the Iberian Peninsula, leaving only pockets of resistance in the North. There is Islamic rule in at least part of Spain for the most part of the next eight centuries. But the small areas of resistance are the start of the reconquista meaning "reconquest". Jump forward now 740 years. It is 1451 and Mehmed II ascends to the throne of the Ottoman Empire.

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"I'm learning all sorts of stuff about stuff I didn't even know I didn't know. And it sticks. In a nutshell: wonderful." (Jonathon Margolis, Financial Times)

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We've All Joked About the Spanish Inquisition But

This VERY interesting iMinds short will definitely make you think. Most Americans have jokingly said, "What is this, the Spanish Inquisition?" when someone is asking us too many questions about a subject we'd rather not talk about. But let me tell you, the REAL Spanish Inquisition is no joking matter. Freedom of Religion was the reason for the the formation of a new country, the United States of America, and was the purpose of so many from Europe immigrating here. The horrible persecution of Jews, Muslims and any flavor of Christian other than Catholic in Spain is something that never needs to be repeated. The forced conversion of these people to Catholicism is despicable. 😥 And government interference or control over any religion, as happened in the Spanish Inquisition is horrendous. But it happened. Listen to this short audio and be aware of what HAS happened, what CAN happen, and must NEVER happen again.

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