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Christopher Black

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This is a sequel to a study of the long-serving inquisitor of Modena, Giacomo Tinti (1626–47). Again it draws on surviving correspondence in the Modena State Archive and in the Archivio della Congregazione in Rome. Allowing for vagaries in the survival rate of correspondence the judgement is that Tinti’s successors communicated less often and were more cryptic, and Rome was similarly terser. The Congregation might complain about trivial correspondence from the local inquisitor. With the creation of a ghetto in Modena, issues of Christian–Jewish relations were less common. Instead problems of the number of patentees attached to the Holy Office, and the privileges involved, were frequently aired. Another common topic was the remission of prison sentences, with changes to house arrest, or to fines (especially if Jews were involved).


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Edited by Katherine Aron-Beller and Christopher Black

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The Roman Inquisition

Centre versus Peripheries

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Edited by Katherine Aron-Beller and Christopher Black

In The Roman Inquisition: Centre versus Peripheries, two inquisitorial scholars, Black who has published on the institutional history of the Italian Inquisitions and Aron-Beller whose area of expertise are trials against Jews before the peripheral Modenese inquisition, jointly edit an essay collection that studies the relationship between the Sacred Congregation in Rome and its peripheral inquisitorial tribunals. The book analyses inquisitorial collaborations in Rome, correspondence between the Centre and its peripheries, as well as the actions of these sub-central tribunals. It discusses the extent to which the controlling tendencies of the Centre filtered down and affected the peripheries, and how the tribunals were in fact prevented by local political considerations from achieving the homogenizing effect desired by Rome.