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. This is a saga of nearly five hundred years bigotry, fear, persecution, torture and death. As the series sheds new light on a dark and bloody chapter of British and European history, we hear tales that chill the blood; watch in horror as the flames lick around the Marian martyrs and other man of high religion and unshakable beliefs; see or martyrs and other men of high religion and unshakable beliefs; see ordinary innocent people fall victim to religious fanatics and psychopaths. As the old question goes GÇ£how many witches were condemned during the Salem Witch Trials?GÇ¥ The answer of course isGÇª none. 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, this series chronicles bad deeds done in the name of faith.