What was the reason of the Inquisition, who started it, and did it do what it was supposed to do?

closed as off topic by Isaac Moses Sep 19 '11 at 0:42

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  • Is this on-topic and not easily google-able? – Ariel K Sep 19 '11 at 0:15

Here is the Wikipedia article on the topic.


If you are referring to the Spanish Inquisition this was done by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella who were convinced by a friar to initiate it. It was obstensibly done to fight heresy but assumed they were fighting for more political authority versus the church's authority.

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