The Spanish Inquisition officially started in the mid- to
late- fourteen hundreds. The Spanish Inquisition was a country wide
persecution of Jews for which there are several different reasons as
to why it began. The actual reason, or reasons, that motivated the

King and Queen are not known at this time, and may never be known for

Depending on whom you ask, there are different reasons of that
vary in importance for the start of the Spanish Inquisition. Most
historians seem to stress three important reasons which are: Politics,

Economics, and Religion. My own opinion as to which of these reasons
is correct is that it was a combination of Religious and Economic
reasons. This thought will be expanded on at a later time.

Religion was one of the most predominant reasons given for the
start of the Spanish Inquisition. The Jews and Christians already
hated each other prior to the start of the Inquisition :
“It is inevitable that there has been disagreement between

Jews and Christians: The Christians hating the Jews on account of the

Crucifixion; the Jews contemptuous of a sect which had taken their

Religion and grafted a new one on it.”

The Christians were angry because the Jews crucified Christ. The Jews
were angry because the Christians took their religion, changed some
ideas and principles, and called the outcome Christianity. The Jews
and Christians were never friendly after the Crucifixion of Jesus

Christ, and this was just the climax of their hate for each other.

However, the Christians were the ones that were in the position to get
revenge, and they did, by persecuting the Jews to a murderous extent,
and calling it the Inquisition.

Those who did the persecuting and the killing of the Jews were
called Inquisitors. These people did not mind doing the killing or
torturing. Some thought that the Jews were causing sicknesses and the

Black Plague. Others thought that what they were doing was God’s
“It has been said that the zealots of the Inquisition, even in
their greatest cruelty, believed themselves to be justified in what
they did. We are asked to accept as a fact that they were deeply
religious men who honestly and sincerely believed that they were
serving God in what they did. We are told that they believed Jews were
destined for damnation, and that it was their duty to save them from
that no matter what pain they inflicted on the bodies of the Jews here
on Earth.”

The Inquisitors believed that they were saving the Jews for a hideous
fate in the Underworld. They believed that since the Jews were dying
at the hands of one of God’s children who was a follower of God, that
they would get the Wisdom and knowledge of this person, and therefore
go to heaven. Although now, this may incomprehensible, at the time of
the Inquisition, the Inquisitors were not educated in any manner other
than a religious one, and had become highly religious individuals.

This added up to what we would now call blind faith. This means
believing in something for no reason other than religious custom or

The Government and its religious officials wanted to maintain

Limpeza de Sangre or Purity of Blood. They wanted to have a pure and
unified Spanish-Christian race and community, and in order to do so,
they founit necessary to prevent any more intermarriage between

Christians and conversos or Jews that would destroy the possibility of

Limpieza de Sangre. They saw that the only way of ahieving this goal
through the Inquisition. They would kill or drive out all of the Jews
from Spain, and therefore achieve Limpieza de Sangre, or so they
thought. The killed many Jews, but after the three-hundred and fifty
year period of the Inquisitionwas over, many thousands of practicing

Jews were still living in Spain.

Aside from religious reasons, there were also some very strong
political reasons for the Spanish Inquisition. The main political
reason for the Spanish Inquisition was that there was a threat to the
monarchy. The Christians of Spain, who at the time were the majority,
were outraged at the Jews for many reasons, some which refer back to
the religious reasons. The Monarchs of Spain, King Ferdinand and

Queen Isabella, began to realize that if the tension of the citizens
increased a little more, riots and mass killing would break out,
possibly leading to a religious civil war. The method they used to
control the citizens was the Spanish Inquisition. Using the

Inquisition, they were able to soothe and calm the majority of the

Spanish citizens. At the same time, they believed they were removing
the source of the