IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1132: Inquisitors' Knowledge at the Crossroads of Various Cultural Resources, II

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Turku Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS), University of Turku
Organiser:Reima Välimäki, Department of Cultural History / Turku Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Turku
Moderator/Chair:Sita Steckel, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 1132-aInquisition: A Tool of Central Power or a Product of Local Circumstances?
(Language: English)
Derek Hill, Independent Scholar, Harrow Weald
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 1132-b'Liaisons dangereuses': Friendships and Social Networks between Heretics and the Inquisition in Northern Italy, c. 1300
(Language: English)
Jill Moore, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 1132-c'De vita et conversacione': Description of the Waldenses Formed from Dissident and Orthodox Sources
(Language: English)
Reima Välimäki, Department of Cultural History / Turku Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Turku
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Abstract

It is still customary to endow medieval inquisitors with complete control over the records and the knowledge they produced. However, this obscures the fact that, to a large extent, inquisitors’ texts were formed by more obscure and more locally specific knowledge. They are the outcomes of various resources including not only inquisitors’ manuals or treatises on heresy, but also the inquisitors’ biographies and experience, the deponents’ memories, gossip, folk tales, and dissidents’ own texts and preaching, not to mention the influence of social ties and the political interests of various participants in the process of the text production. This set of two sessions aims to investigate how such cultural resources came together and influenced the inquisitors’ knowledge, and what it means for the interpretation of inquisitional records and other texts produced by inquisitors.