Motives of Spanish Inquisition Inquisitors: Religious or Political?

During my time in the class History 298 I did research on the Spanish Inquisition. Below, I have a picture relating to this topic, an abstract that is a review of my paper, and a copy of my final paper.

One of the names that many people know in relation to the Spanish Inquisition is Tomás de Torquemada. He is important as he was one of the first Inquisitors that presided over the Spanish Inquisition. He is also one of the religious leaders to thought that the threat of the Conversos was real.


This photo is courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.


The Spanish Inquisition at its start fulfilled a more politically based agenda as they targeted Conversos for the crown, but after the first forty years the Inquisitors moved on to other groups of people, as well as employed tactics that would have been helpful to Christians who wanted to stay within the church which shows a move to a more religiously motivated inquisition. Primary sources that are helpful with this topic include trial records, chronicles of happenings, and parts of instruction manuals. Deciding whether or not the Inquisition was politically or religiously motivated is important because historians have yet to decide for sure one way or the other.

Here is a copy of my final paper.

298 Final Paper


Gwendolynn Buyze

Acting Proper: Lucy Buck’s Ambivalence towards Southern Gender Standards

This paper examines Lucy Rebecca Buck’s dialectic understandings of southern gender ideals during the Civil War. While Lucy publically upheld the gender standards, her private diary writing revealed her ambiguity and even resistance to the unrealistic ideals. This study of Lucy’s diary is important because it demonstrates the need for further study on the complexities of young Confederate women’s reactions to the social upheaval during the Civil War.


Nellie and Lucy Buck Courtesy of the Warren Heritage Society, Front Royal, Virginia
Nellie and Lucy Buck
Courtesy of the Warren Heritage Society, Front Royal, Virginia

Reflection of Our Project

For our project, we 3D scanned several artifacts from the James Monroe Museum including Monroe’s Desk, a bas relief of Monroe’s negotiations regarding the Louisiana Purchase, and many other of the Monroe family’s personal possessions. It was really cool and fun to have the opportunity to work up close and personal with Jarod Kearney, the curator of the museum, and all of these objects. We got a behind the scenes look at many of them, which is an experience not many people get to have. To scan these objects, we learned how to use several different innovative tools and programs including Makerbot, Scanect, and Sketchfab. As interesting as it was to use these tools, technology was our biggest obstacle to completing our project. Due to these problems, we became good friends with Tim Owens of DTLT who’s help with these issues was invaluable. Our technology issues were the primary reason that we struggled to meet some our milestones stated in our contract. Thankfully, we anticipated that we would have some trouble, so we had contingency dates that we were able to meet. A vast majority of the time we spent on our project was during our several trips to the museum to scan. The scans take a good portion of time and are very easy to disrupt, so it was necessary to rescan just about every object. The scanners, the Makerbot in particular, are very sensitive, so anything that did not sit just right in the lasers, or was too shiny, or was not the right size were difficult to scan. The peace medal had each of these issues, so unfortunately we could not scan it. Due to the requirements of the scanners, we were not able to scan each of the original objects stated in our contract. We circumvented this problem by choosing some different objects.
As far as the individual responsibilities, non of the jobs stated in our contract went unfinished. Thanks to Ike, the timeline is completed and accurate, thanks to Victoria, the scans are all on the site and look excellent, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jarod and embedding the videos onto the site, and thanks to Amanda, everything on the site is consistent and looks professional. The primary part of our project was to scan the objects and put them online. The point of it is to enhance the museum experience and to be able to interact with some of the objects without even having to leave your desk. I mentioned that we could not scan all of the objects we originally hoped to scan, but we still fulfilled our contract by replacing the problem artifacts with others that worked. By working around the issues with technology, we completed everything by at least our back up dates, and accomplished what we set out to do in our contract. I think the four of us can now brag that we know James Monroe better than any of our friends.