This is an English language lesson about the Spanish Inquisition.
In modern times, it was made famous about forty years ago in a parody comedy sketch by the entertainment troupe ‘Monty Pythons Flying Circus’ and presented on British televsion.
The Spanish Inquisition was, however, a real ‘witch-hunt of a kind which came into being in 1478 and was disbanded withe the Age of Enlightenment in 1834.
It was intended to ensure that the people of Spain and their colonial territories followed the one catholic faith.
It required millions of settlers in Spain, especially from North Africa to renounce their jewish or islamic faith.
The ideaology of the Inquisition was not to crush diversity or oppress the people but to display humanity and give greater harmony to the people.
In reality, the affluent migrants were targeted and wealth confiscation was almost certainly a driving force behind the ideaology.
It is thought that 150,000 people were tried during the Inquisition but as few as 5,000 people were actually executed. The vast majority converted to catholicism and integrated into Spanish society.
Spain today remains a predominantly catholic nation.
The Alhambra Decree made in 1492 was one of the key components of the Inquisition.
It was made following the final Spanish triumph over the Moors after the fall of Granada and ordered the expulsion of all Jews from Spain and its territories by 31st July 1492.
It was formally rescinded by the Spanish Government in 1968.
Over time, the Spanish Inquisition has taken on the meaning of being asked a lot of questions in an irritating way and the Monty Python sketch has certainly catapulted a significant part of history into the public eye.
‘They didn’t expect a Spanish Inquisition’.
Nor did they!