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Tomás de Torquemada

Torquemada
General Description
Birthplace: Torquemada, Valladolid, Spain
Birthdate: 1420
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Occupation: Grand Inquisitor of the Spanish Inquisition
Ideology
Affiliation: Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain
Family
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Portrayed by: Peter Guinness
First Appearance: The Tower
"The sodomites in your city have the souls of the unborn on their conscience. Those souls scream for justice — to the fire. To the fire! Instead, your leaders promote sodomy, by levying fines instead of the proper sanction, which is… the fire. When you tax a crime, you make it a commodity. The Medicis make their fortune from this vice, at the price of Florence's eternal shame!"
—Torquemada at Leonardo da Vinci's trial.[src]

Tomás de Torquemada, O.P. (1420 – 16 September, 1498) was a Spanish Dominican friar and the first Grand Inquisitor in Spain's movement to restore Christianity among its populace in the late 15th century.

In 1476, Torquemada accompanied King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain on their journey to Florence, to consider offering their business to the Medici Bank.

Queen Isabella was always seen with Torquemada, as her confessor and personal advisor. While Clarice Orsini showed the Queen the Palazzo Medici, Torquemada voiced his abhorrence of Donatello's bronze statue of David: "The Lord, who saved me from the claws of the lion and the bear, will save me from this abomination", and calling the artist a "sexual deviant" for the depiction of nudity. The Queen, listening to the friar, branded it as "lewd", and asked Clarice to cover it for the remainder of their visit.

As it coincided with the King and Queen's visit, Torquemada was asked by Francesco Pazzi to testify at Leonardo da Vinci's sodomy trial, "as a voice of morality, reminding us all of our solemn responsibilities before God." He called for sodomites to be punished by burning at the stake, but Piero da Vinci pointed out that the accusation was yet to present its case, since "God is not served by punishing the innocent."

Shortly before a theatrical performance of Boccaccio's The Decameron, Torquemada met with Father Bagnone and briefly talked about the decadence they were about to witness; Bagnone answered that the Medici regime had its days numbered.

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