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Burned at the stake

In its inception the Inquisition was about the needs of burgeoning Spanish nationalism. Previous Inquisitions had been run by Rome, but the Spanish and Portugese versions were established by the monarchy for political purposes with a franchise somewhat reluctantly granted by the Vatican.

The founding of the Spanish Inquisition in 1478 was followed by the Portuguese version in 1536. They established a reign of fear and irrationality that spread to the Iberian colonies in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

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