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Death of Tomas de Torquemada, First Grand Inquisitor of Spanish Inquisition

Inquisitor-General Tomas Torquemada

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Tomas de Torquemada dies in Ávila, Spain at the age of 78. A Spanish Dominican friar, Torquemada has been the first Grand Inquisitor in the Spanish Inquisition, the attempt of the Roman Catholic Church and the Spanish government to impose religious orthodoxy in Spain in the 15th century.

Tomas de Torquemada acquired a reputation as an especially cruel and zealous persecutor of alleged crypto-Jews and crypto-Muslims of Spain; his efforts were largely responsible for the Alhambra Decree, which expelled the Jews from Spain in 1492.

Ironically, Torquemada was himself descended from a converso — someone who had converted to Christianity from either Islam or Judaism. His anti-Semitism came out when he started to worry that Jews in Spain have been growing in economic power and thus might threaten to undermine the power of the Christian rulers. He simply assumes that Jews cannot be loyal to the crown — that to be loyal requires one to be an orthodox Christian believer.

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