A Companion to Heresy Inquisitions


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Inquisitions of heresy have long fascinated both specialists and non-specialists. A Companion to Heresy Inquisitions presents a synthesis of the immense amount of scholarship generated about these institutions in recent years. The volume offers an overview of many of the most significant areas of heresy inquisitions, both medieval and early modern. The essays in this collection are intended to introduce the reader to disagreements and advances in the field, as well as providing a navigational aid to the wide variety of recent discoveries and controversies in studies of heresy inquisitions.

Contributors: Christine Ames, Feberico Barbierato, Elena Bonora, Lúcia Helena Costigan, Michael Frassetto, Henry Ansgar Kelly, Helen Rawlings, Lucy Sackville, Werner Thomas, and Robin Vose

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Donald S. Prudlo, Ph.D. (2004), University of Virginia, is Professor of Medieval History at Jacksonville State University. He has published works on inquisitions, saints and sainthood, and Church history, most recently Certain Sainthood (Cornell, 2016)
Notes on Contributors
Donald S. Prudlo

Part 1 : Origins of Inquisitions of Heretical Depravity

 1 The Spiritual Foundations of Christian Heresy Inquisitions
Christine Caldwell Ames
 2 Precursors to Religious Inquisitions: Anti-Heretical efforts to 1184
Michael Frassetto

Part 2 : Medieval Inquisitions

 3 The Fourth Lateran Ordo of Inquisition Adapted to the Prosecution of Heresy
Henry Ansgar Kelly
 4 The Church’s Institutional Response to Heresy in the 13th Century
Lucy Sackville
 5 Heresy Inquisitions in the Later Middle Ages
Robin Vose

Part 3 : The Iberian Inquisitions

 6 The Spanish Inquisition and the Converso Challenge (c.1480–1525): A Question of Race, Religion or Socio-Political Ascendancy?
Helen Rawlings
 7 The Metamorphosis of the Spanish Inquisition, 1520–1648
Werner Thomas
 8 The Rise of the Modern Inquisition in Portugal and Brazil, and the Transformation of Jews and New Christians into Heretics
Lúcia Helena Costigan

Part 4 : The Italian Inquisitions

 9 The Takeover of the Roman Inquisition
Elena Bonora
 10 Politics, Diplomacy and Religious Dissent. The Activity of the Inquisition in Early Modern Venice
Federico Barbierato
All those who are interested in the institutional, legal, cultural, and social settings of Inquisitions of Heretical Depravity in the medieval and early modern worlds. Keywords: inquisition, inquisitions, heresy, papacy, canon law, repression, Catholic Church, deviance, Index of Forbidden Books, Roman Inquisition, medieval inquisitions, Spanish Inquisition, Portuguese Inquisition
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