Inquisition and its Organisation in Italy, 1250-1350

May 2019
2 line illustrations
298 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Heresy and Inquisition in the Middle Ages
ISBN: 9781903153895
Format: Hardback
York Medieval Press
BISAC HIS037010, REL033000

Inquisition and its Organisation in Italy, 1250-1350

Jill Moore

A strikingly original approach to the inquisition movement in Italy, examining the roles of the protagonists.
Inquisition against heresy in Italy was a partnership between the papal inquisitor, usually a Dominican or Franciscan friar, the local bishop and the civic authority; and it is generally considered that the inquisitor was the leading figure, from the mid thirteenth century onwards. This book seeks to question whether this is true. Through an examination of the roles of the different partners, and in particular the part played by the lay and clerical staff of the inquisition, it offers a much more diverse picture, arguing that the inquisitor was often supplicant rather than dominant, and the civil authority continued to play a major part.
Dominicans and Franciscans took different approaches to inquisition, and related in different ways to their parent orders. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished sources, the book analyses these divergences, and shows the internal operations of the inquisition. It also teases out the lives and histories of the individuals who spent their careers working for the inquisition - notaries, messengers, spies and many more - and shows how inquisition against heresy was part of the civic fabric of the Middle Ages.

JILL MOORE gained her PhD at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Between Church and State: the legal, organisational and financial framework of inquisition
Starting work: the practicalities
The inquisition notary: making actions legal
Nuncii, heralds and messengers: public voice or 'social scourge'?
The familia and the wider support system
Clerical support and the cursus honorum
The cuckoo in the nest? Inquisitors and their orders
An uneasy relationship: inquisitor, bishop and civil power

Author Bio

Jill Moore is an independent scholar (recently Associate Research Fellow, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London). She studied at University of York, London School of Economics, Hubert Humphrey School of Government

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