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Surveillants of minorities

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This chapter focuses on inquisitors whose principal task was the inquisitorial surveillance of the Waldensians, and the Jews and purported Judaizers in Renaissance Italy. The primary object of the inquisitorial surveillance was undoubtedly the Waldensians. In 1507, Biagio Berra da Mondovì turned to the Waldensians and put on trial three of their preachers in Val Lucerna. Angelo Rizzardi da Savigliano remained inquisitor of the marquisate of Saluzzo only for a little less than a year, till he was replaced on 16 June 1510. Paolo Moneglia da Genova was appointed one of the commissioners entrusted with the proceedings and, in the course of the trial, raised the wider issue of the true religious allegiance of the many conversos then in Rome.

Keywords: Angelo Rizzardi da Savigliano; Biagio Berra da Mondovì; inquisitorial surveillance; Judaizers; Paolo Moneglia da Genova; Waldensians



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