The Inquisition

By Loss Gamble

What is it?

A church related court created by Pope Gregory IX in 1232 for the suppression of heresy. It was mainly used in Northern Italy and Southern France, usually famous for it's use of torture. in 1542 the Inquisition was re-established to combat Protestantism, eventually becoming important to the papal government.

Why is it significant?

It is significant because it was mainly used to stop other types of Christianity and a few other religions. Types of Christianity it tried to stop are Catharism, Waldensian, Spiritual Franciscans, Hussites, and Benguines. These were usually protestant groups. It even led to other inquisitions including the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions.