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The medieval Inquisition: Facts and fiction.

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    Posted: 25 Mar 2017 at 23:35
Hi! I just uploaded a new history video on the medieval inquisition. Seeing how most material on the internet about the Inquisition is either polemical or apologetics I tried to make one that is somewhat neutral with the main focus on why the inquisition was created and how it operated(though I of course have my own biases).

If you could watch the video, critique it and give your own views on the history medieval inquisitors and what literature you would recommend on the subject I would be very grateful. The literature I have used can be found in the video description.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOJojMdSy48

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote franciscosan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2017 at 01:39
Very interesting Quill & Ink history.  I had heard that the the inquisitors handed heretics over to secular authorities for torture and punishment.  Galileo admitted something like 'pride' or 'vanity' but he was very careful to not admit that he consciously had deceived the Pope.  I don't remember the specifics, but there were nuances to the whole thing, and what was very frightening is the inquisitors did not have to reveal their evidence, (if I remember right).

What was the difference between the Spanish inquisition and the Roman inquisition? were there others worth mentioning?

What was the role of the dominicans (dominae canus) in the inquisition?  What was the relationship between different orders and the inquisition?

I always like what Meister Eckhart said, 'I am not a heretic, because I do not _choose_ to believe, I merely believe.'  (heresy means choice, choosing other than what the church asserts.)  Eckhart died of natural causes before the inquisitor arrived, and therefore he was never declared a heretic.  He is quite a mystic and his belief is quite 'unorthodox,' but technically not heretical.

It sounds like the persecution of heretics was originally from secular sources in order for nobles to acquire more power and money, and then the church got involved giving its official endorsement of it, as well as defining what it meant.  Good video, Quill & Ink, I have a much better sense of the issue from it.
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Hi again Franciscosan!

Thx for the comment.

The inquisitiors did not reveal their evidence since most of the information that they got were from interrogated accusers and suspects whos identeties they did not reveal to ensure their safety.

There are several differences between the Spanish and Italian inquisitions beyond them being located in separet regions. I am writing on future videos for Spanish and Italian inquisitions, the first should be out next month.

Im not sure about the dominicans relationship to the inquisiton, If I remember right I think most inquisitiors were drafted from the dominican order.

As for the increasing persecution in the high middle ages it was on a much larger scale then just heretics. Then main actor driving this change were the feudal lords but the church ofcourse played a part in it when it came to persecution of heretics. If you want to know the full story I strongly recommend you(and anyone who is reading this comment) to pick up the "The formation of a persecution society" by R.I Moore. It´s by far one of the most interresting book I have read on the middle ages and will give you a better picture of why the increased persecution took place in medieval Europe in the high middle ages.

https://www.amazon.com/Formation-Persecuting-Society-Authority-Deviance/dp/1405129646

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Edited by Quill & Ink HIstory - 27 Mar 2017 at 13:36
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