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Inquisition
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1. Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, inquisition (from Latin inquisitio, “investigation”) denoted a rather vague institutional context defined more precisely by the presence of two elements: the office of the inquisitor (medieval Latin inquisitor heretice pravitatis, “investigator of heretical depravity”…

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Schwerhoff, Gerd, Domínguez Reboiras, Fernando and Bechtloff, Dagmar, “Inquisition”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 26 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021446>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124



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