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This chapter presents an epilogue of this book Renaissance Inquisitors: Dominican Inquisitors and Inquisitorial Districts in Northern Italy, 1474-1527. The principal catalyst in the history of the Roman Inquisition in northern Italy during the Renaissance was the gradual appropriation of inquisitorial districts by the Observant Congregation of Lombardy. The ever-increasing assumption of inquisitorial duties by the Congregation after 1474 engendered, at least embryonically, a new type of inquisitor. The often lackadaisical conventual inquisitor, whose primary interests were usually quite other than the pursuit of purported heretics, was gradually replaced by the professional inquisitor, often thought of, quite mistakenly, as an exclusively post-1542, Counter-Reformation phenomenon. The crucial, institutionalized link between the Roman Inquisition and the inquisitorial zeal and professionalism of the Congregation of Lombardy, as it continued as a characteristic trait of the ethos of the Province of Both Lombardies, survived for four centuries.

Keywords: Congregation of Lombardy; Counter-Reformation phenomenon; Dominican inquisitors; northern Italy; Observant Congregation of Lombardy



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