IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1208: Inquisition and Text

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Lucy Sackville, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Sara I. James, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Hull
Paper 1208-aPutting away Childish Things: Inquisitorial Attitudes to Children and Young People
(Language: English)
Christopher John Peter Sparks, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Daily Life, Religious Life
Paper 1208-bManual Labour: Inquisition Texts at Work
(Language: English)
Lucy Sackville, Exeter College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Paper 1208-cInquisitors' Depots of Records and Books
(Language: English)
Pete Biller, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life
Abstract

The process of inquisition that developed during the 13th century generated a great deal of documentary material that was, in many ways, the basis of its power. While these texts provide a rich source of material for historians, they are none of them straightforward. This session will draw together three distinct but connected genres of inquisition literature – witness depositions, procedural handbooks, and financial records – in order to better understand the relationship of the texts to the development of procedure, the contemporary uses of those texts, and the implications for the ways that historians can use them.