Tomás de Torquemada: the mad monk burns 2,000 at the stake

On this day, September 16, 1498 a frail, 78-year-old Dominican monk offered his final prayers to God, turned his face to his pillow, then died.And thousands rejoiced. He was Tomás de Torquemada, the first Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition, a man responsible for different ways of torture and terror, and an estimated 2,000 burnings at the stake.Born in 1420 and nephew of a noted Dominican cardinal and theologian, he joined a monastery in tender age and devoted himself to education and piety. Impressing his elders, it was not long…

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