The legal tests for determining heretics were both irrational and in many cases, predetermined by ludicrous experimenter bias. And in many cases the authorities of the day were legally permitted to seize property formerly owned by someone branded as a heretic.
Under Torquemada (1420–1498) a horrific total of 2000 heretics were burnt at the stake, all on one occasion.
The Inquisition began around the 12th century and extended in various waves within Europe until finally abolished in Spain in 1834.
- The Holy Inquisition: Dominic and the Dominicans (insightscoop.typepad.com)
- Orthodox, Pagan And Heretic (contemporarynotes.wordpress.com)
- The Spanish Inquisition is alive and well (nodamnblog.wordpress.com)
- “Muslim rulers are not usually thought of in the West as standard-bearers of freedom of thought; but…” (vimoh.in)
- Hans Küng on the ‘Putinization of the Catholic Church’ (cruciality.wordpress.com)
- The Pharmacratic Inquisition – entire online version (smpa.wordpress.com)
- Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breslin – review (guardian.co.uk)
- Why is it popular to be a heretic? (westernthm.wordpress.com)
- Did Galileo get in trouble for being right, or for being a jerk about it? [History] (io9.com)