The Spanish Inquisition. What was it really? Was it horrific or ridiculous? Was it lazy and lenient or merciless and cruel? Centuries of satirizing and demonizing can make it hard to know where history ends and stereotypes begin.

Reading the Inquisition will let you decide for yourself.

This site presents full cases from the files of the Inquisition—unedited and unabridged—in three formats simultaneously: document image, transcription, and translation.

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