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

By Henry Charles Lea

This entire three-volume heritage of the medieval Inquisition by means of the influential American pupil Henry Charles Lea, first released in 1888, was once firmly in accordance with basic resources, and followed a rationalist method that departed from the pious tone of previous histories of the center ages.

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Ann. —Vaissette, III. —Bern. Guidon. Vit. Gregor. PP. IX. (Muratori S. R. I. III. 574). —Teulet, Layettes, II. 457. It was not until 1247 that Trencavel released the consuls of B6ziers from their allegiance to him. — Mascaro, Libre de Memorias ann. 1247. t A. Molinier (Vaissette, Ed. Privat, VII. 448-61). — Douais, Les Albigeois Paris, 1879; Pieces justif. No. 4. THE SEIGNEURS DE NIORT. 27 was practically vacant. Kaymond's policy, for the moment, had leaned towards gratifying the papacy, for he desired from Gregory not only the removal of his four excommunications and forbearance in the matter of the crusade, but also a dispensation to enable him to carry out a contract of marriage into which he entered with Sanche, daughter and heiress of the Count of Provence, not foreseeing that Queen Blanche would juggle him in this, and, by securing the brilliant match for her son Charles, found the House of Anjou-Provence, and win for the royal family another large portion of the South.

Imperiously ordering him to be energetic in the duty of persecution, and, possibly in obedience to this, during the same year, we find him personally accompanying Bishop Eaymond of Toulouse in a nocturnal expedition among the mountains, which was rewarded with the capture of nineteen perfected heretics, male and female, including one of their most important leaders, Pagan, Seigneur de Becede, whose castle we saw captured in 1227. All these expiated their errors at the stake. Yet not long afterwards the Bishop of Tournay, as papal legate, assembled the prelates of Languedoc and formally cited Eaymond before King Louis to answer for his slackness in carrying out the provisions of the treaty.

To order the archbishop, in conjunction with the Bishop of Toulouse, to proceed against them energetically, while at the same time he invoked the secular arm by a pressing command to Count Eaymond. It was probably under this authority that Bishop Raymond du Fauga and the Provost of Toulouse held an inquest on them, in which was taken the testimony of Pierre Amiel and of one hundred and seven other witnesses. The evidence was conflicting. The archbishop swore at great length as to the misdeeds of his enemies.

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