A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages by Henry Charles Lea

By Henry Charles Lea

This accomplished three-volume historical past of the medieval Inquisition by means of the influential American student Henry Charles Lea, first released in 1888, used to be firmly in response to fundamental resources, and followed a rationalist method that departed from the pious tone of previous histories of the center ages.

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Epistt. Sseculi XIII. T. I. No. 577 (Mon. Germ. —Matt. Paris ann. 1234, p. —Vaissette, III. —Hist. Diplom. Frid. II. T. IV. pp. 485, 799-802. TROUBLES AT TOULOUSE. 17 might avert the most deplorable consequences. Thus far, although perhaps somewhat lacking in alacrity of persecution, no serious charges could be laid against him. His officials, his baillis and viguiers, had responded to all appeals of the inquisitors and had lent the aid of the secular arm in seizing heretics, in burning them, and in confiscating their property.

Martene Thesaur. VI. —Epistt. Sseculi XIII. T. I. No. 088 (Mon. Germ. —Guill. Pod. Laur. c. 43. 20 LANGUEDOC. tie fashion, and the rebellious city was virtually left without ecclesiastics. Further excommunications followed, now including the count, and Prior Pons de Saint-Gilles hastened to Italy to pour the story of his woes into the sympathizing ears of the pope and the sacred college. Gregory assailed the count as the chief offender. A minatory brief of April 28,1236, addressed to him, is couched in the severest language.

If hopes were entertained that thus the severity of the Inquisition would be tempered, they were disappointed. The two men worked cordially together, with a single purpose and perfect unanimity, f Guillem Arnaud's activity was untiring. During his exile in Carcassonne he occupied himself with the trial of the Seigneur de Niort, whom he sentenced in February or March, 12364 ^n ^ n e early months of 1237 we hear of him in Querci, co-operating with Pierre Cella in harrying the heretics of Montauban.

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