Spanish Grand Inquisitor
Confessor and advisor to Queen Isabella
, he centralized The Spanish Inquisition
's operations and really gave it a focus
. Sort of the Lee Iacocca
of pain. He forced Spanish jews to convert or leave the country--after the jews offered to pay 30,000 ducats to Spain
to be able to stay in peace, he compared King Ferdinand
to Judas Iscariot
and his 30 pieces of silver.
"Judas Iscariot sold Christ
for 30 pieces of silver
; Your Highness is about to sell him for 30,000 ducats. Here He is; take Him and sell Him."
Very conservative estimates place the number of "heretics" burnt alive between 1481-1504 (Isabella's death) at around 2000.
"the hammer of heretics, the light of Spain, the saviour of his country, the honour of his order". (this was used during his pre-fight announcements--not too many people know it, but he used to fight semi-pro in Philly)
--contemporary Spanish chronicler, Sebastian de Olmedo