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Administrators, courtiers and academics

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This chapter presents three cases of inquisitors that tend to confirm the impression of dilettantism and lack of inquisitorial zeal. Michele Madei da Asti's last years, even though they corresponded to his years as inquisitor of Asti (1494-1500), were spent primarily in administrative tasks. Giovanni Rafanelli da Ferrara had been inquisitor of Ferrara and Modena long before he set off on 9 December 1501 with the Ferrarese party that went to Rome to collect Lucrezia Borgia, for he had been appointed such for the first time in 1481. The inquisitorial district of Bologna was the most important of those entrusted to the Congregation of Lombardy by 1474. The inquisitor of Bologna who had the longest tenure during the period 1474-1527 was Giovanni Cagnazzo da Taggia and, since his term of office of almost twenty years (1494-1513) straddled the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, he may be taken as representative.

Keywords: administrative tasks; Bologna; Congregation of Lombardy; Giovanni Cagnazzo da Taggia; Giovanni Rafanelli da Ferrara; Michele Madei da Asti; Modena



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