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The Detection of Heresy in Late Medieval England$
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Ian Forrest

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286928

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199286928.001.0001

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Reporting Heresy

Reporting Heresy

(p.171) 7 Reporting Heresy
The Detection of Heresy in Late Medieval England

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This chapter describes the reporting and detection of heresy in general terms across England. The canonical principles of suspicion, accusation, denunciation, and inquisition are described and the role of the laity — the fidedigni — is outlined. The status of various types of evidence, including heretical books, is discussed.

Keywords:   detection, reporting, accusation, denunciation, inquisition, fidedigni, books, evidence, suspicion, laity

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