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

By Henry Charles Lea

This accomplished three-volume background of the medieval Inquisition by means of the influential American student Henry Charles Lea, first released in 1888, used to be firmly in line with fundamental resources, and followed a rationalist procedure that departed from the pious tone of past histories of the center ages.

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Yet when he came to Toulouse and begged the inquisitors to suspend for a time the vigor of their operations he was not listened to. Then he turned to the papal legate, Jean, Archbishop of Vienne, complaining specially of Pierre Cella, whom he considered to be inspired with personal enmity to himself, and whom he regarded as the chief author of the troubles. His request that Cella's operations should be confined to Querci was granted. * This expedient was of no avail. Persecution continued as aggressive as ever, and popular indignation steadily rose.

148). THE INQUISITION REINSTATED. 21 confer on him the advantage of release from their burdens. King Louis was also appealed to and was urged to hasten the marriage between his brother Alfonse and Raymond's daughter Jeanne. With the spectre of all Europe in arms looming up before him Raymond could do nothing but yield. When, therefore, the legate summoned him to meet the inquisitors at Carcassonne he meekly went there and conferred with them and the bishops. The conference ended with his promise to return the bishop and friars and clergy to Toulouse, and this promise he kept.

The Dominicans were urged to fresh exertion to overcome the threatened recrudescence of heresy. A new legate, Zoen, Bishop-elect of Avignon, was also despatched to Languedoc, with instructions to act vigorously. His predecessor had been complained of by the inquisitors for having, in spite of their remonstrances, released many of their prisoners and remitted penances indiscriminately. * Still more menacing to the heretic cause was the reconciliation at last effected between Eaymond and the papacy.

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