This History Seminar focuses on the Inquisition in Europe, from the middle ages to the 16th century.
The Cathar heresy of the 13th century led to the establishment of the original Inquisition, and the course begins with a famous book about a Cathar village in southwestern France. A later version of the Inquisition was established in 16th century Italy, where surviving records document the suppression of Protestantism, witch beliefs and alternative beliefs, such as an original theory of Creation. The focus of the course will be on the suppression of popular beliefs in France, Italy and Germany. Readings include historical
articles and these books: (The course is open to non majors in the final period of registration)
Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou
Carlo Ginzburg, The Night Battles
Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms
Wolfgang Behringer, Conrad Stoecklin and the Phantoms of the Night