Renaissance Inquisitors: Dominican Inquisitors and Inquisitorial Districts in Northern Italy, 1474-1527

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BRILL, 2007 - History - 286 pages
During the Renaissance there was no centralized Inquisition in northern Italy until Pope Paul III founded the Roman Inquisition in 1542, but there was a dense network of autonomous papal inquisitors. Based on extensive archival research, this study investigates the life of the Dominican friars from whom these inquisitors were mostly drawn. It focuses on a selection of hitherto almost unknown but representative inquisitors to cast new light on their formation, appointment and careers, as well as their principal pursuits - the prosecution of heretics, especially Waldensians and Judaizers, and, most of all, the hunting of witches, for it was at its most intense in northern Italy during the Renaissance, over a century before reaching its peak in Northern Europe.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Inquisitors and Inquisitorial Districts
1
Medieval Dominican Inquisitors
3
RenaissanceRebolstering
7
The Appointment of Inquisitors in the Province of St Peter MartyrandtheProvinceofSt Dominic
10
The Appointment of Inquisitors in the Congregation of Lombardy
12
Papal Confirmation of Inquisitorial Appointments and ExtraordinaryInterventions
16
Tenure and Dismissal of Inquisitors
17
Inquisitorial Districts
20
Antonio da Casale Inquisitor of Bergamo 15011508
66
Girolamo Armellini da Faenza Inquisitor of Parma
68
Giovanni Rafanelli da Ferrara Inquisitor of Ferrara
90
Giovanni Cagnazzo da Taggia Inquisitor of Bologna
109
Biagio Berra da Mondový Inquisitor of Mondový 14711513
122
Jews andJudaizers
137
Niccol˛ Constantini da Biella Inquisitor of Vercelli Ivrea
155
Antonio Pezzotelli da Brescia Inquisitor of Brescia 14791498
174

Inquisitorial Vicars
27
Lay Auxiliaries
30
BuildingsArchivesHandbooks
31
The Secular Arm
36
The Inquisitors Profile
38
Renaissance Inquisitors as Men of the Renaissance
45
ChapterTwo ConventualsandObservants
49
Graziadio Crotti da Cremona Inquisitor of Pavia Cremona and Piacenza 14811483 Inquisitor of Milan 14971511
52
Maffeo da Parma Inquisitor of Parma and Reggio 15051507
60
Modesto Scrofa da Vicenza Inquisitor of Parma and Reggio
193
WitchTrials and WitchHunts
195
Epilogue
209
Inquisitor of Parma and Reggio 15081513
225
Calendar of Known Trials for Witchcraft Conducted
253
Inquisitor of Como 15131515 66
256
IndexofNames
277
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Michael Tavuzzi, Ph.D. (1981), University of Fribourg, is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, Rome, and a member of the Dominican Historical Institute. He has published widely on Renaissance religious and intellectual history including Prierias (Duke U.P., 1997).

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