Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-5

Table of Contents

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pp. 6-7

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Introduction

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pp. 1-8

Ignorance and prejudice shroud few institutions as they do the Inquisition.1 About the prejudice there is probably little more to be done than about any other kind. About the ignorance there is hope...

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Chapter 1: The Roman Inquisition’s Operations

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pp. 9-37

The Roman Inquisition belonged to the pope. Gregory IX originally created it, Paul III revived it, Paul IV and Pius V (both former Inquisitors, Pius also having served as commissary) made it...

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Chapter 2: The Sacred Congregation: Inquisitors Before 1623

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pp. 38-75

In this chapter and the next, I offer a prosopographical study of a group of Inquisitors, originally those involved in significant ways in Galileo’s trial.1 These men represent a majority of Inquisitors...

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Chapter 3: The Sacred Congregation Under Urban VIII

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pp. 76-109

The vast majority of the cardinals considered in Chapter 2 were promoted by Paul V. Things had changed by the time Antonio Barberini, Sr., became secretary in 1629. He together with Francesco...

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Chapter 4: The Professional Staff

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pp. 110-154

The Roman Inquisition’s professional staff provided its backbone, especially the four major officials: the commissary, assessor, notary, and fiscal. Unlike the cardinals, most of these had serious training...

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Chapter 5: Inquisition Procedure: The Holy Office’s Use of Inquisitio

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pp. 155-205

Adriano Prosperi has noted that the “obscurity” of the Inquisition’s rules dominates the institution’s historiography.1 This perception contains some truth: the rules did indeed become complex, and...

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Conclusion

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pp. 206-216

In this book, I have recounted the evolution of the Roman Inquisition from about 1590 to 1640 as the most direct institutional expression of papal will. Originally aimed by Paul III at the threat from...

Appendix

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pp. 217-226

List of Abbreviations

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pp. 227-230

Notes

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pp. 231-358

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 359-366

Index

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pp. 367-382

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 383-386

Ed Muir has had a lot to do with this book. In part I began it in response to his challenge a few years ago that it was too early to write the history of the Inquisition in Italy. Under the guise of studying...