Tomas de Torquemada

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Noun1.Tomas de Torquemada - the Spaniard who as Grand Inquisitor was responsible for the death of thousands of Jews and suspected witches during the Spanish Inquisition (1420-1498)
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Specific people highlighted include Tariq ibn Ziyad, Muslim Conqueror of Spain, Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, and Tomas de Torquemada.
The Jews' expulsion had been the pet project of the Spanish Inquisition, headed by Father Tomas de Torquemada, who believed that as long as the Jews remained in Spain, they would influence the tens of thousands of recent Jewish converts to Christianity to continue practicing Judaism.
In 1483 the Pope appointed Dominican monk Tomas de Torquemada as the first head of a new body.
But this is Spain of the 15th century where belief and self-belief are constantly challenged and where characters such as Christopher Columbus, Tomas de Torquemada and Queen Isabella de Castile are equally fanatical in their views.
It wasn't just some flash-in-the-pan (no pun intended) episode when Tomas de Torquemada lost the run of himself while ridding Spain of non-believers.