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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 731: The Social Dynamics of Religious Dissent, III: The Social Impact of Inquisitions and Anti-Inquisitorial Resistance in Languedoc

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for the Digital Research of Religion / Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET), Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Organisers:Robert Shaw, Oriel College, University of Oxford
David Zbíral, Department for the Study of Religions, Masarykova univerzita, Brno
Moderator/Chair:Janine Larmon Peterson, Department of History, Marist College, New York
Paper 731-aGuilt by Association?: Social Patterns of Inquisition Punishments in 13th-Century Languedoc
(Language: English)
Robert Shaw, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Law, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 731-bSuspicious Talk and the Lay Experience of Inquisition in Medieval Languedoc
(Language: English)
Saku Pihko, Trivium - Tampere Centre for Classical, Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Tampere
Index terms: Anthropology, Ecclesiastical History, Literacy and Orality, Social History
Paper 731-cFunction of the Inquisitio Hereticæ Pravitatis in the Languedoc from 1305 to 1325
(Language: English)
Derek Hill, Independent Scholar, Harrow Weald
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life, Social History

The records of inquisitions provide us with an invaluable source for the social history of the regions in which they took place. It cannot be forgotten, however, that the inquisitors who recorded these details also had a major effect on both dissident communities and wider society through their operations. While there has been much discussion of the way inquisitors 'constructed' heresy, or represented an increasingly persecuting society, our sessions seek to follow the pioneering lead of James Given in exploring the social stresses and strains created by inquisitions, social strategies for coping with investigation, and resistance to authority. In particular, the potential for regional variation in inquisition impact and dissident reaction deserves greater attention: this session will focus on Languedoc, while the following will focus on Italy.