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The Inquisitor Tomas de Torquemada Tomas de Torquemada was the first inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition during the time of the Catholic Monarchs. Confessor of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, established processes very hard against the conversos, or Jews who had converted to Christianity to their will, but also against Muslims and women accused of witchcraft, often inflicting them of severe torture.

WRONG. NOT RIGHT c. 1478: Tomas de Torquemada - the first inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition - Confessor of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon - tortured conversos (Jews who had converted to Christianity), Muslims, women accused of witchcraft

From 1483 to 1498, Tomás de Torquemada presided over the Spanish Inquisition, the notorious Catholic tribunal used to try heretics and nonbelievers. To force confessions, victims were subjected to gruesome punishments including strangulation, strappado, and the rack. All told, some 2,000 people were murdered during his reign as Grand Inquisitor, most of them beheaded or burned at the stake.

Charles V, grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella, inherited the crown of Spain. However, he also inherited the heir of the Hapsburg empire, which included the Holy Roman Empire and the Netherlands. He controlled both empires under constant warfare since he was trying to suppress the Protestant movement and also had to face the Ottoman forces. Charles V, ended up giving his titles and entered a monastery.

Philip II of Spain, son of Emperor Charles V. Mary I of England married Philip in 1554 against the wishes of Parliament. The portrait may have been produced the year after the marriage to commemorate the couple's union.

On this day 13th May 1981 : Pope John Paul II, is shot in St Peter's Square in Rome in front of 20,000 worshippers. Police in the square apprehended Turkish citizen Mehmet Ali Agca after the shooting.

RENAISSANCE PAINTING 16TH School:Flemish Archduchess Margarete (1480-1530), daughter of Emperor Maximilian I, betrothed to King Charles VIII of France, married Juan of Spain and, after his death, Philibert of Savoy. Governor of the Netherlands 1507-1530. Wood, 31 x 20 cm Inv. 5615 Portraitgalerie,Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck, Austria

Las visitas de la reina Isabel II en el verano donostiarra fue una de las razones por las cuales el Ayuntamiento de Donostia decidió renovar la barandilla del paseo la Concha. Su objetivo era que el paseo reluciera con las visitas de la reina y el aúge del turismo. Hablamos de la Belle Epoque de la ciudad, a principios del siglo XX. #donostia #ciudad