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inquisitor-general

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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The head of the court of inquisition in several European countries, as Spain, the Netherlands, etc. The most noted in history were Torquemada (appointed in 1483) and his successors in the Spanish Inquisition.

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  • From the beginning of the fifteenth century, Pope Boniface IX. attempted in vain to establish the Inquisition in Portugal, where he created the provincial of the Dominicans, Vincent de Lisbon, inquisitor-general.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Bower had an abstract of such a book given him for his use about one hundred and thirty years ago, -- they cannot convince me that I have not seen and handled, and used in the preparation of this volume, the compendium of an unpublished Roman code of inquisitorial regulations, given to the vicars of the inquisitor-general of Modena.

    Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal

  • About the year 1356, Nicholas Eymeric, inquisitor-general of Arragon, collected from the civil and canon laws all that related to the punishment of heretics, and formed the "Directory of Inquisitors," the first and indeed the fundamental code, which has been followed ever since, without any essential variation.

    Life in the Grey Nunnery at Montreal

  • The inquisitor-general presided, with aid of six or seven counsellers nominated by the king; and his officers were a fiscal (or quasi prosecuting attorney), two secretaries, a receiver, two relators, a secuestrador (or escheator), and officials.

    Mysticism and its Results Being an Inquiry into the Uses and Abuses of Secrecy

  • At first the jurisdiction of the inquisition was not accurately defined; but it was regularly organized by the ordinance of 1484, establishing branches in the different provinces of Spain, under the direction of the inquisitor-general.

    Mysticism and its Results Being an Inquiry into the Uses and Abuses of Secrecy

  • The then pope, Sixtus IV., opposed the establishment of this court, as being the conversion of an ecclesiastical into a secular tribunal: but he was compelled to submit to circumstances, and actually promulgated a bull subjecting Aragon, Valencia, and Sicily, the hereditary dominions of Ferdinand, to the {82} inquisitor-general of

    Mysticism and its Results Being an Inquiry into the Uses and Abuses of Secrecy

  • In 1485 the first inquisitor-general, St. Peter Arbues, fell a martyr in the cathedral, slain by some relapsed Jews who were led by Juan de la Abadia.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

  • His temporal afflictions and the rigour of his life brought on a severe illness and the inquisitor-general gave orders that Modina was to be conveyed to the Convent of St. John's of the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • Balbina, confessor of Isabella the Catholic, inquisitor-general, and regent of the kingdom.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Upon her husband's death, she promptly installed her German confessor, Nithard, as inquisitor-general, gave him a place in the

    Women of the Romance Countries

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