The Spanish Inquisition: Historical Context for Don Quixote

As vast as the Spanish empire was during Cervantes time, the empire found itself engaged in numerous conflicts. By Alison KruegerDepartment of Spanish and PortugueseColumbia University The Rise of Spain from the End of the Reconquest In 711, Muslims from North Africa invaded much of the Spanish Peninsula.  Shortly after, and for the next several[…]

Theocratic Tyranny: The Late Medieval to Early Modern Inquisition

Originally established in the 13th century to combat heretical groups, the Inquisition became a sophisticated, global operation in the early modern period. Introduction From movies to metal bands to Monty Python (“Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!”), the Holy Office of the Inquisition has retained a powerful place in popular imagination. For many, this image is[…]