The Roman Inquisition: A Papal Bureaucracy and Its Laws in the Age of Galileo
While the Spanish Inquisition has laid the greatest claim to both scholarly attention and the popular imagination, the Roman Inquisition, established in 1542 and a key instrument of papal authority, was more powerful, important, and long-lived. Founded by Paul III and originally aimed to eradicate Protestant heresy, it followed medieval antecedents but went beyond them by becoming a highly articulated centralized organ directly dependent on the pope. By the late sixteenth century the Roman Inquisition had developed its own distinctive procedures, legal process, and personnel, the congregation of cardinals and a professional staff. Its legal process grew out of the technique of inquisitio formulated by Innocent III in the early thirteenth century, it became the most precocious papal bureaucracy on the road to the first "absolutist" state.
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The Roman Inquisitions Operations
The Sacred Congregation Inquisitors Before 1623
The Sacred Congregation Under Urban VIII
The Professional Staff
Inquisition Procedure The Holy Offices Use of Inquisitio