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The Space Race Some points about the actual Spanish Inquisition: The auto de fe was actually only a public penance of heretics and didn't actually feature torture or burning at the stake as commonly depicted — the last part came later on. However, the two were seen as the same process. Historians now estimate that of all trials only two percent may have actually ended with execution. A study of the timeframe 1540 to 1700 found documents for 44,674 cases with roughly 1500 death sentences. Furthermore as trials tended to be lengthy and wardens poor a surprising number of the sentenced managed to flee the country and so the sentences resulted in 826 executions in persona, i.e. burning the heretic, and 778 in effigie, i.e. burning a strawman because the convict was unavailable. Estimates for the total number of executions in persona range between 1000 and 1500. They didn't really burn books and the stuff that was on their banned list was still widely available. Most Golden Age authors ran into them at least once.
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  • Fall '10
  • Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Holy office, actual Spanish Inquisition, Golden Age authors

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