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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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The Origins of the Inquisition is a very long book for two very good reasons.
No- one expects the Spanish Inquisition as Michael Palin,armed with his fiendish torture techniques would always remind us as he leapt out on another unsuspecting victim.
Aspiring Saints: Pretense of Holiness, Inquisition, and Gender in the Re public of Venice, 1618-1750.
This is not a call for an inquisition, but rather a call for knowledge.
A popular belief is that Galileo was the lone protagonist of a rift between science and faith, between "freethinkers" and the Catholic hierarchy, that he was tortured and imprisoned by the Inquisition, then excommunicated from the Church.
Of the Inquisition, for instance, the Pope wrote in his encyclical on the advent of the third Millennium, `The sons and daughters of the Church must return with a spirit of repentance ...
As the son of Jewish parents, Silva suffered religious persecution in Portugal by the Inquisition. During a brief period (1729-37) in which he was free of harassment from authorities, Silva wrote eight plays, all for the opera dos bonecos (puppet theater), performed at the Bairro Alto Theater in Lisbon.
The title of Gilles Germain's second novel, Inquisition, takes on a special impact from its being reduced to a single substantive without the usual accompaniment of an article.
Another aspect of the interplay between the state and theology was in the form of religious inquisition (Arabic mihna).
It has finally, four centuries late, owned up to its most egregious blunder and acknowledged that Galileo was right, the church wrong, and that Earth does circle the sun despite the Inquisition's objections to its doing so.
Of all Spanish institutions transferred to America, the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the least understood.
He wrote Superstition and Force (1866), Studies in Church History (1869), and then his three most important works: A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages (3 v.