The Inquisition

The Inquisition

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  • Heresy is bad!!
  • Divorce is not good
  • What kind of heresy actually occurred?
  • They have been deemed heretics!!
  • The Inquisition is mainly known for attempting to eliminate heresy, however the Medieval Inquiston also targeted things that endangered people's faith, like divorce. 
  • Inquisitors are known for being both investigators and judges. They had to deem if heresy, and to what degree, was actually committed. If the person was deemed "trial able," the accused would be sent a list of the charges. 
  • We did
  • Did anyone see this man commit an act of heresy?
  • Inquisitors would investigate accusations of heresy by hoping for admission of guilt from the party in question. Those who confessed were usually given a lighter sentence. The degree of heresy would need to be determined, as there were several degrees and some were more serious than others. 
  • Punishment for heresy was meaningful and had purpose to it- it was mean't to turn heretics away from their sins. Execution was frowned upon and even the Pope disagreed with it. Fines, imprisonment, and flogging were all common methods of punishment.
  • You have been imprisoned!
  • Evidence the inquisitors would consider is partial and full proof. Only full proof could convict a heretic and was only considered "full" when the accused confessed or if the they were caught by two eyewitnesses in an act of heresy. 
  • Inquisitors would end an inquisition by holding a solemn ceremony in front of townspeople. civic officials, and nobility to pronounce judgment. The highest ranking inquisitor would preach a short sermon and would then proclaim "degrees of mercy." 
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