A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages by Henry Charles Lea

By Henry Charles Lea

This finished three-volume historical past of the medieval Inquisition by way of the influential American pupil Henry Charles Lea, first released in 1888, was once firmly according to fundamental resources, and followed a rationalist strategy that departed from the pious tone of prior histories of the center ages.

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POPULAR TERROR. 33 show the character of the offence and the nature of the grace proffered for voluntary confession. There is no pretence that any of these particular culprits themselves were not wholly orthodox, but the people were to be taught that the toleration which had existed for generations was at an end; that the neighborly intercourse which had established itself between Catholic and Catharan and "Waldensian was in itself a sin; that the heretic was to be tracked and captured like a wild beast, or at least to be shunned like a leper.

1237, No. —Teulet, Layettes, II. 339, No. — Vaissette, III. —Coll. Doat, XXI. 146. A deposition of Eaymoud Jean of Albi, April 30,1238 (Doat, XXIII. 273) probably marks the term of the activity of the Inquisition before its suspension. t Teulet, Layettes, II. —Epistt. Sseculi XIII. T. I. No. 731 (Mon! Germ. —Baynald. ann. 1239, No. —Arch, du Vatican T. XIX. (Berger, Actes d'Innocent IV. p. ). THE INQUISITION SUSPENDED AND RESTORED. , the cardinal-legate's departure was postponed for a year. When at last he came, in 1239, he brought special orders to the inquisitors to obey his commands.

He wrote forbidding him to call on Eaymond for feudal services, as the count was under excommunication and virtually a heretic, to which the emperor replied, reasonably enough, that, so long as Eaymond enjoyed possession of fiefs held under the empire, excommunication should not * Martene Thesaur. I. —Epistt. Sa;culi XIII. T. I. No. 688 (Mon. Germ. —Teulet, Layettes, II. 314. The subordination of the bishop to the inquisitors is further shown in the excommunication of the viguierand consuls of Toulouse, July 24,1237 in which Bishop Raymond and other prelates are mentioned as assessors to the inquisitors (Doat, XXI.

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