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This chapter considers six friars, namely Niccolò Constantini da Biella, Lorenzo Soleri da Sant'Agata, Antonio Pezzotelli da Brescia, Domenico Pirri da Gargnano, Girolamo da Lodi and Modesto Scrofa da Vicenza, drawn from both the conventual provinces and the Congregation of Lombardy, who were especially earnest prosecutors of witches. It is not surprising that both Constantini and Soleri had to employ several inquisitorial vicars to ensure the continued surveillance of the vast district entrusted to them. Like his conventual contemporaries, Constantini and Soleri, Pezzotelli soon revealed himself a very active inquisitor. It was contact with diabolic witchcraft phenomenon, whatever it might have been, that led to the formation of diabolic witch-beliefs and turned inquisitors into witch-hunters, be they conventuals or friars of the Congregation.

Keywords: Antonio Pezzotelli da Brescia; Congregation of Lombardy; Domenico Pirri da Gargnano; Girolamo da Lodi; Lorenzo Soleri da Sant'Agata; Modesto Scrofa da Vicenza; Niccolò Constantini da Biella; witch-hunters



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