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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Second, the article ignores the well-documented Foxe 's Book of Martyrs, which documents the names of inquisition victims, and the location, day, month, and year of the persecutions, tortures, and executions from 1501 to 1600.
Rituals of Prosecution: The Roman Inquisition and the Prosecution of Philo-Protestants in Sixteenth-Century Italy, by Jane K.
Schlau (Spanish, women's and gender studies, West Chester U.) has written a remarkable, gendered approach to understanding the Hispanic inquisition of the 1390s.
Inquisitions, Murphy makes clear, invariably follow.
With this highly personalized history written for a general audience, Toby Green offers his contribution to the growing number of publications on the Hispanic Inquisitions. Enlivened by stories and anecdotes from the records of the Holy Office, this lengthy book seeks to "adopt a more overall perspective, to try and see what the significance of the whole ghastly business really was" (8).
The Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions were cruel and deadly.
Bradley, a frequent critic of federal court rulings upholding church-state separation, authored an essay titled "One Cheer for the Inquisitions" on the website
Analysis of three narratives written in the form of dreams while the author was living as an exile in France will argue that his criticism of invented inquisitions and those individuals who work for them is not an apology for Judaism.
Ever since Emmanual Leroy Ladurie and Carlo Ginzburg revealed their potential a generation ago, social historians of late medieval and early modern Europe have explored the archives of the various Inquisitions in search of further insight into social behavior during those eras.
The tens of thousands of reports reaching the various inquisitions were made by friends and neighbors, spouses, and children of crypto-Jews, a truly stunning example of the compelling force of social pressure against the bonds of affection, blood, and weighty oaths to maintain secrecy and deceit.
But the failure of the Regensburg Colloquy in 1541, followed by the death of Contarini and the flight of other Italian reformers, dashed the hopes of moderate Catholic reform, and the creation of Inquisitions in Rome and Naples drove Italian evangelicals to shelter in Venice.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for an established order to defend itself against doctrines which threaten it, inquisitions are instituted among men for that purpose.