A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages/Volume I
|A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages by
|A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages.
by Henry Charles Lea,
author of "An Historical Sketch of Sacerdotal Celibacy," "Superstition and Force," "Studies in Church History."
In three volumes.
Vol. I. (Origin and Organization of the Inquisition)
New York: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square.
Copyright, 1887, by Harper & Brothers.
All rights reserved.
Table of contents (pp. vii-xiv)
- Preface. (pp. iii-v)
BOOK I. - ORIGIN AND ORGANIZATION OF THE INQUISITION.
- Chapter I. - The Church. (pp. 1-56)
- Chapter II. - Heresy. (pp. 57-88)
- Chapter III. - The Cathari. (pp. 89-128)
- Chapter IV. - The Albigensian Crusades. (pp. 129-208)
- Chapter V. - Persecution. (pp. 209-242)
(Growth of Intolerance in the Early Church - p. 209 | Persecution Commences under Constantine - p. 212 | The Church Adopts the Death-penalty for Heresy - p. 213 | Duty of the Ruler to Suppress Heresy - p. 215 | Decline of Persecuting Spirit under the Barbarians - p. 216 | Hesitation to Punish in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries - p. 218 | Uncertainty as to Form of Punishment - p. 220 | Burning Alive Adopted in the Thirteenth Century - p. 221 | Evasion of Responsibility by the Church - p. 223 | The Temporal Authority Coerced to Persecute - p. 224 | Persecution of the Dead - p. 230 | Motives Impelling to Persecution - p. 233 | Cruelty of the Middle Ages - p. 234 | Exaggerated Detestation of Heresy - p. 236 | Influence of Asceticism - p. 238 | Conscientious Motives - p. 239)
- Chapter VI. - The Mendicant Orders. (pp. 243-304)
- Chapter VII. - The Inquisition Founded. (pp. 305-368)
- Chapter VIII. - Organization. (pp. 369-398)
- Chapter IX. - The Inquisitorial Process. (pp. 399-429)
(Inquisitor both Judge and Confessor - p. 399 | Difficulty of Proving Heresy - p. 400 | The Inquisitorial Process universally Employed - p. 401 | Age of Responsibility. - Proceedings in Absentia. - The Dead - p. 402 | All Safeguards Withdrawn. - Secrecy of Procedure - p. 405 | Confession not Requisite for Conviction - p. 407 | Importance Attached to Confession - p. 408 | Interrogatory of the Accused - p. 410 | Resources for Extracting Confession. - Deceit - p. 414 | Irregular Tortures, Mental and Physical. - Delays - p. 417 | Formal Torture - p. 421 | Restricted by Clement V. - p. 424 | Rules for its Employment - p. 426 | Retraction of Confessions - p. 428)
(Comparative Unimportance of Witnesses - p. 430 | Flimsiness of Evidence Admitted - p. 431 | The Crime Known as "Suspicion of Heresy" - p. 433 | Number of Witnesses. - No Restrictions as to Character or Age - p. 434 | Mortal Enmity the only Disability - p. 436 | Secrecy of Confessional Disregarded - p. 437 | Suppression of Names of Witnesses - p. 437 | Evidence sometimes Withheld - p. 439 | Frequency of False-witness. - Its Penalty - p. 440)
- Chapter XI. - The Defence. (pp. 443-458)
- Chapter XII. - The Sentence. (pp. 459-500)
- Chapter XIII. - Confiscation. (pp. 501-533)
- Chapter XIV. - The Stake. (pp. 534-561)
(Theoretical Irresponsibility of the Inquisition - p. 534 | The Church Coerces the Secular Power to Burn Heretics - p. 536 | Only Impenitent Heretics Burned - p. 541 | Relapse. - Hesitation as to its Penalty. - Burning Decided upon - p. 543 | Difficulty of Defining Relapse - p. 547 | Refusal to Sumbit to Penance - p. 548 | Problable Frequency of Burning - p. 549 | Details of Execution - p. 551 | Burning of Books - p. 554 | Influence of Inquisitorial Methods on the Church - p. 557 | Influence on Secular Jurisprudence - p. 559)
- Appendix. (pp. 563-583)
About the book
Volume I can be found on the Web in the Internet Archive at http://www.archive.org/details/historyi01leahuoft (FTP and HTTP links provide access to scanned pages of the book).
3 volumes of the book can be downloaded from SUL Books in PDF format.
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.