The Last Victim of the Inquisition! Sort of!

(The Inquisition Tribunal by Goya)

A schoolmaster in Valencia, Spain, named Cayetano Ripoll is often cited as the last reported victim of the Spanish Inquisition when he was hanged in 1826 for heresy. It’s not entirely accurate, but not off-base either. What is unquestionable is that he was a defender of free thinking and paid the ultimate price for it. Listen and learn more.

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Spanish History 101, EP. 36. Fernando VII

The end of the Spanish War of Independence resulted in the departure of Napoleon’s troops and the return of Fernando VII as king, one of the most controversial and despised monarchs in Spanish history for his repudiation of the constitution and his general incompetence. On top of that, Spain’s empire all but disappears. Listen and learn more.

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LET’S OPEN A BOTTLE, ep. 20: More on La Mancha wines

This is the final episode on our look at wines from La Mancha. Today we focus on wines several other minor regions, many of which have been around for generations selling their wine anonymously but today are marketing some excellent wines. They aren’t always easy to find, but they are certainly worth exploring! Listen and learn more.

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP. 35: The Peninsular War

Goya’s legendary painting “3 de Mayo”

The Napolean and his troops have moved into Spain to head for Portugal, but they’ve decided to stay. Spain, at the time France’s ally, doesn’t take kindly to that, and a war to get rid of invaders breaks out. On paper it should have been a cake-walk for the French, but the tenacious Spanish resistence which relied heavily on guerrilla warfare, would wear the enemy down. The British support would also prove decisive. It would become Napoleon’s Vietnam, or the cause of his personal ulcer, as he would describe it. Listen and learn more!

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Remembering the 11M Madrid Train Bombings

(Image: Paul White)

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of that fateful March 11th when ten packpacks full of explosives went off almost simultaneously in four different commuter trains in Madrid at the height of rush hour. The result was a massacre of unthinkable proportions. 193 people were killed and nearly 2,000 wounded, some maimed permamently. It was a day to remember (and forget) in Spanish history. Listen and learn more. 

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True Crime Update: more on the Morate de Tajuña murder case

(Image: Agencia EFE)

If this story weren’t strange and tragic enough enough as it was, three weeks after the discovery of a heinous triple murder in small town in Spain, a twist in the plot has stunned the nation as the confessed killer loses control again and commits another atrocious crime. This time while in jail. Listen and learn more.

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LET’S OPEN A BOTTLE, 19: D.O. Valdepeñas

This is the story of a wine king struggling to keep up with the times. Still one of Spain’s biggest wine producers, this large region from La Mancha has suffered some setbacks over the years and now is faced with trying to turn it around. Listen and learn more. 

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Spanish History 101, ep. 34: Carlos IV and Godoy

Spain has experienced a period of growth and progress under king Carlos III, but his son, Carlos IV, will let that quickly slip away as his ineptitude during a time of major political and social turmoil in Europe, will compromise Spain’s situation. And before we know it, Spain will be occupied by Napoleon Bonaparte. Listen and learn more. Enjoy!

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The Amazing Madoz Geographic Dictionary

Often just called “El Madoz”, this herculean work edited by Pascual Madoz was comprised of 16 huge volumes that covers, at least in theroy, each and every municipality in Spain and its then overseas possessions. Completed in 1850, it took 16 years to put together, which is not that bad considering the time and the size of this project. We took a look at just one town, a town we were following from a previous podcast, to give you an idea of just what kind of details we learned about a Spanish village from the 1840s. Listen and enjoy!

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A Spanish True Crime Story

(Image: 20 Minutos)

This week we are shifting gears and focusing on a different subject: a recent true crime in Spain. Three elderly family members from a small town outside Madrid were found murdered in their home. They had been beaten to death. The news rocked the community and baffled the nation. It soon came out that for years they had been victims of an internet scam called the military romance con. They were ruined financially, and eventually killed. Listen and learn more about this shocking tragedy

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