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Title Page, Copyright

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

Heresy-hunting probably always had a political dimension. It only intensified once the popes took an increasingly active role beginning in the twelfth century.1 Lucius III’s pivotal decretal Ad abolendam (1184), sometimes mistakenly taken as the or at least a foundational document of the papal inquisition, called on imperial authorities to assist in the search for heretics, and may have...

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Chapter 1. Spain and Naples

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pp. 11-45

Beginning no later than the mid-fifteenth century and intensifying spectacularly after the Sack of Rome followed in 1536 by Charles V’s hectoring of the pope in his own palace, the papacy suffered from strained relations with the Hapsburg powers, above all Spain. This situation arose partly as a natural reaction to the preponderance that country enjoyed throughout this period, in...

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Chapter 2. Naples: Tommaso Campanella

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pp. 46-63

The most notorious case in our period involving Rome and Naples was that of Tommaso Campanella.1 It may have set a record for length at nearly thirty years, not counting three other trials lasting another eight years that Campanella underwent at the hands of authorities in Naples and elsewhere before his most important processo began. That trial raised in particularly acute form the...

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Chapter 3. Venice in the Wake of the Interdict

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pp. 64-114

Although Naples and Venice were two of the most important local inquisitions, the Congregation attended to them in very different ways. While Naples drew steadily more interest in the seventeenth century, Rome expended most of its energy on Venice in one decade-long burst in the aftermath of the interdict of 1606. By the end of Paul V’s reign in 1621, Rome took not much more notice of Venice than of the local inquisition in, say, Cremona, and the situation...

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Chapter 4. Venice: Giordano Bruno, Cesare Cremonini, and Marcantonio De Dominis

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pp. 115-151

Three Venetian cases deserve separate treatment, both for their political, religious, and philosophical importance and the copiousness of their documentation, and for the tenacity with which the Inquisition pursued them, albeit with markedly different results. These are the trials of Giordano Bruno, apostate Dominican and natural philosopher; Cesare Cremonini, long-time...

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Chapter 5. Florence I

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pp. 152-197

Unlike many of their peers, the grand dukes fairly quickly accepted the new Roman Inquisition, as indicated by the execution in Rome in 1567 of Pietro Carnesecchi, a scion of the Florentine establishment. Carnesecchi would have done well to stay in Venice (as many friends advised him to do); the Venetians, even after they reluctantly allowed the Inquisition to operate in their territory, almost...

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Chapter 6. Florence II

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pp. 198-218

The latest murder case against Rodrigo Alidosi could scarcely have ended before Annibale Della Vigna, “ministro del S. Officio,” its notary, was attacked in April 1610, and yet another set of processi began. They posed much more danger to Alidosi than his first trial, since after his abjuration he stood to be condemned as a relapsus, which would have meant a death sentence. For some...

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Conclusion

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pp. 219-224

In this book I have taken a somewhat unusual angle of vision and emphasized the degree to which politics affected the Roman Inquisition’s development, sometimes almost to the exclusion of other factors. The big trials covered—of Tommaso Campanella, Giordano Bruno, Cesare Cremonini, Marcantonio De Dominis and the two Alidosi—have almost nothing in common except the degree...

Notes

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pp. 225-340

List of Abbreviations

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pp. 341-344

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 345-348

Index

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pp. 349-360

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 361-362

I have written this book in steadily deteriorating health. The support of an army of friends has greatly lightened the consequences. I would try to name all the names, but I would fear to leave someone out. A generic and heartfelt thanks will have to do, except for a couple of especially supportive people, including Ken Bartlett, Massimo Firpo, Andy Kelly, and Diana Robin together...