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INQUISITION, practice. An examination of certain facts by a jury impanelled by the sheriff for the purpose; the instrument of writing on which their decision is made is also called an inquisition. The sheriff or coroner and the jury who make the inquisition, are called the inquest.
     2. An inquisition on an untimely death, if omitted by the coroner, may be taken by justices of gaol delivery and oyer and terminer. or of the peace, but it must be done publicly and openly, otherwise it will be quashed. Inquisitions either of the coroner, or of the other jurisdictions, are traversable. 1 Burr. 18, 19.

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It was hope -- the hope that triumphs on the rack -- that whispers to the death-condemned even in the dungeons of the Inquisition.
It is not to be seriously supposed that Razumov had actually dozed off and had dreamed in the presence of Councillor Mikulin, of an old print of the Inquisition.
I told him it would be very hard that I should be made the instrument of their deliverance, and that they should afterwards make me their prisoner in New Spain, where an Englishman was certain to be made a sacrifice, what necessity or what accident soever brought him thither; and that I had rather be delivered up to the savages, and be devoured alive, than fall into the merciless claws of the priests, and be carried into the Inquisition.
However, her troubles are far from over as the Inquisition pursues her.
As leader of the Inquisition, you must restore order to the land of Thedas.
of thousands of Jews" from Spain, yet I did in fact address this, pointing out that it was the work of the Spanish government--not the Inquisition.
Scholars have long studied the Inquisition from a diversity of perspectives ranging from the legal and doctrinal theories and practices of inquisitions and their staff, to the religious beliefs of heretics, and even recently--as seen in the work of Richard Kagan and Abigail Dyer--to recreating the lives of the "forgotten people of Europe.
As a result, we finally begin to see why the inquisition became so vicious and cruel, and why so any sufferers were accused, tried, and executed.
101 Questions and Answers on the Crusades and the Inquisition
Assessing files pertaining to three women whose actions were brought to the attention of the Inquisition for witchcraft allegations, the case is made that within the testimonies the Inquisitors amassed to determine the validity of and resolution for reports made about them located in the stories of shrewd women involved in complex social networks, and healing works that tied them to multiple people within their communities.
Drawing from the rich inquisitorial archive of the Archivio di Stato in Modena, Aron-Beller presents a wonderfully rich, engaging, and valuable study that simultaneously explores the fate of Jews and conversos at the hands of the Inquisition and the status of Jews and Jewish-Christian relations more generally in the duchy of Modena.

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