Inquisi-torn

The Spanish Inquisition divided much of Europe, especially Father Gomez.

OKAY, CLASS, LISTEN UP.

TODAY'S SUBJECT:THE SPANISH INQUISITION.

[men screaming]

IN 1478, THE CHURCHAND GOVERNMENT GOT TOGETHER

AND PUT THE SCREWSTO ANYONE THEY FELT LIKE.

IF SOMEONE WAS ACCUSEDOF HERESY OR BEING A HEATHEN,

THEY COULD KISS THEIR DIRTY,MEDIEVAL BUTTS GOOD-BYE.

[bell tolling]

- THE SPANISH INQUISITIONWAS A RELIGIOUS COURT,

WHICH WAS AUTHORIZEDBY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

TO TORTURE AND EXECUTEANY NONBELIEVERS OR HERETICS.

- FATHER GOMEZPLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE.

HE DESIGNEDTORTURE DEVICES.

- AAH! AAH!

- AAH!

- AAH!

announcer: BUT,AS HE WAS ABOUT TO FIND OUT...

- HOLA, FATHER SANCHEZ.

- BUENOS DIAS,FATHER GOMEZ.

announcer: WHEN YOU LIVEBY THE INQUISITION...

- YOU'VE BEEN DENOUNCEDAS A HERETIC.

announcer: YOU DIE BY IT.

- NO, NOT ME! NO!

announcer: BAD LUCK FOR GOMEZAND BAD TIMING.

- YOU DIABLO!

announcer: HE HAD JUST INVENTEDSOMETHING HE CALLED...

[ominous music]

THE SPANISH DONKEY.

GUESS WHO WAS ABOUTTO BECOME ITS FIRST VICTIM.

- THE SPANISH DONKEYWAS BASICALLY

A VERTICAL PIECE OF WOODTHAT HAD A POINTED TOP.

THE VICTIM WOULD STRADDLE ITLIKE A SADDLE,

AND THE WEIGHT OF HIS BODY,

ALONG WITH CANNONBALLSTIED TO HIS ANKLES,

WOULD PULL THE BODY DOWN,SEVER THE GROIN,

CRUSH THE PELVIS,AND EVENTUALLY

TEAR THE VICTIM IN HALF.

- [screaming]

announcer: THE INQUISITION

WAS YOUR BASICLOSE-LOSE PROPOSITION.

- AAH!

announcer:IF YOU ADMITTED GUILT,

YOU WOULD DIE.

- AAH!

announcer: IF YOU DENIEDYOUR GUILT,

YOU WOULD DIE.

- AAH!

- IN THIS GENTLEMAN'S SITUATION,

HIS INTERNAL ORGANSWOULD HAVE BEEN MACERATED

BY THE DEVICE AND THE FORCEOF HIS BODY ON IT,

AND THE VESSELS OF THE PELVISWOULD BE TORN.

HE WOULD DIEFROM MASSIVE INTERNAL BLEEDING.

ONCE YOU REACHABOUT 400 POUNDS,

YOU'RE GONNA RIP THAT PELVISRIGHT IN HALF.

- AAH!

announcer: WAS FATHER GOMEZACTUALLY GUILTY OF ANYTHING?

THE COURT RULING WAS...

A SPLIT DECISION.

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