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Inquisitors and inquisitorial districts

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This chapter talks about the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth-century inquisitors who were all Dominican friars. The Congregation of Lombardy grew rapidly during the second half of the fifteenth century and the opening decades of the sixteenth. It did so not only by founding new convents but, primarily, by annexing and reforming houses that belonged to the Province of St. Peter Martyr and the Province of St. Dominic. The chapter considers briefly the academic training undertaken by Dominicans during the Renaissance and the marked differences in this between the conventual provinces and the Congregation of Lombardy. It should be noticed that the posts of prior, provincial and vicar general occupied by so many friars before their appointments as inquisitors, were posts to which they had been elected by their fellow friars and this surely indicates a certain measure of confidence and trust in them on their part.

Keywords: Congregation of Lombardy; Dominican friars; Medieval Dominican inquisitors; Province of St. Dominic; Renaissance



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