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    Default Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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    "At a time when the use of torture was universal in European criminal courts, the Spanish Inquisition followed a policy of circumspection that makes it compare favourably with other institutions. Torture was used normally as a last resort and applied in only a minority of cases. Often the accused was merely placed in conscpectu tormentorum, when the sight of the instruments of torture would provoke a confession.

    Confessions gained under torture were never accepted as valid because they had obviously been obtained by pressure. It was therefore essential for the accused to ratify his confession the day after ordeal. If he refused to do this, a legal subterfuge was invoked. As the rules forbade anyone to be tortured more than once, the end of every torture session was treated as suspension only, and refusal to ratify the confession would be met with a threat to 'continue' the torture...In statistical terms, it would be correct to say that torture was used infrequently. Though permitted by the Instructions of 1484, in the early years it seems to have been superfluorous and was seldom used. Abundant testimony, from edicts of grace from witnesses, was more than sufficient to keep the judicial process functioning. Out of more than four hundred conversos tried by the Inquisition at Ciudad Real in 1483-5, only two were known to have been tortured."
    --Henry Kamen The Spanish Inquisition pg.188-9

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    Reason tastes good in any century.

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    The actions of the inquisition pale in comparison with Calvin's Geneva or the German (Lutheran) Peasant War or any of the modernist ideological trips which came afterwards.

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    It should be reinstituted!

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    Technically it still exists - it just goes by another name.

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