Wednesday, 24 October 2012

An English 17th Century definition of the Inquisition

A 17th Century English definition of the Inquisition:

The Spanish INQUISITION, a Tribunal or great Council, first erected by Ferdinand, the Catholick King of Spain, and the Pope, to cause all Moors and Jews living there to be baptized: but now the Power of it is exercised with all Barbarity and Cruelty against Christians, under the Notion of Hereticks, and all that are not staunch Roman Catholicks.

Nathan Bailey, An universal etymological English dictionary, 1675

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