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Series 1: 4x60 | HD | 2014
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Like A Shot Entertainment
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In more enlightened times, it is almost impossible for us to understand the power and influence of religion in years gone by. It was the cornerstone of every life. It touched almost every aspect of everyday existence. Next to the royalty, the clergy were the most powerful people in the land. To deny them was folly. To deny their God meant almost certain death. In those long gone days, a Heretic was considered to be an agent of the devil. He was to be hunted down and punished. It was the Inquisition that did the hunting and the punishing. If the Inquisition accused a man of heresy, he was presumed to be guilty. It was for him to prove he was innocent. Every possible method was employed to extract a confession. The eyes and the ears of the Inquisition were everywhere.

From the persecution of religions and faiths to the hunt for the mysterious Cathars and Knights Templar, through to the torture and execution of witches, mystics and healers - these programmes chronicle bad deeds done in the name of faith.  

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Episode 3: The Tudor Heretics

England has a rich and bloody history when it comes to Religious Persecution. The religious persecutions started when Henry Vlll split with Rome in 1534 and started his own ‘Church of England’ with the King being its head. Suddenly, Catholics were persona non grata and arrested in large numbers, suspected of being behind ‘Papist Plots’ to bring down King Henry.

Episode 2: The Spanish Inquisition

The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, commonly known as the Spanish Inquisition, was a tribunal established in 1480 by Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. It was intended to maintain Catholic orthodoxy in their kingdoms, ordering Jews and Muslims to convert or leave. It continued for nearly four hundred years.

Episode 1: Templars And Cathars

It’s not clear if the process against the Templars was initiated by the Inquisition on the basis of suspected heresy or if the Inquisition itself was exploited by the king of France, Philip the Fair, who wanted the knights' wealth. But in 1307 the King ordered the arrest of all Knights Templar across Europe and the seizure of all their assets. Some fled to South West France, some to Italy and some to Scotland, and units of the King’s army were dispatched to hunt them down and kill them if necessary.