The Spanish Inquisition: Background information when reading Gateway to the Moon

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Gateway to the Moon

by Mary Morris

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The Spanish Inquisition

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The Spanish Inquisition ultimately affects modern-day characters in Gateway to the Moon. The inquisitorial system (derived from the Latin word inquisitio "to inquire"), is one in which the court actively investigates a case rather than simply being an impartial referee--in short, the court acts as detective, prosecutor and judge. Throughout medieval times, the papacy gave bishops across Europe inquisitorial power to extend the enforcement of Catholicism.

In medieval Spain, the flourishing Jewish population was seen with increasing animosity by its Christian counterparts. When, in the middle of the 14th century, a plague known as The Black Death wiped out nearly half the population of Europe, but notably fewer of the Jewish population, many accused the Jews of deliberately poisoning the wells. (Historians believe that the reasons Jews were less affected was because they were already isolated into ghettos which, combined with the Jewish laws of cleanliness protected them.) In the face...

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