By Cecilia Ferrazzi
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In fact, Inquisition courts offered by far the best criminal justice available in early modern Europe. Procedural rules mandated by central directorates, spelled out in manuals, and rigorously enforced through close supervision of functionaries in the field required the keeping of verbatim transcripts, provided counsel for those accused, and allowed them to mount a defense. " Ferrazzi, for instance, was never tortured, and she ran no risk of being put to death. Therefore, although no responsible person in the late twentieth century would endorse the objectives of the Holy Office, we know enough about its operations to refrain from equating them with those of modern totalitarian dictatorships.
Other members of the tribunal included the papal nuncio or his auditor, the patriarch of Venice or his vicar general, and one or more of the Tre Savio Support personnel were also regularly present, including the procurator fiscal and the chancellor, who were appointed by and responsible to the inquisitor. In Venetian trial transcripts, these other officials almost never open their mouths. To infer that the inquisitor's colleagues were mere silent presences in the courtroom, however, would be a mistake.
And I go for a day or two without eating, drinking only large flasks of water," and she made a sign indicating a flask costing one or two lire. IIAnd after that day or two has passed and I eat (because I must obey, although as far as I'm concerned, almost immediately I'd prefer not to eat so as not to suffer), I throw It up, painfully and sometimes with blood, and the harder I try to hold down the food, the more I vomit blood. "When the convent of Santa Teresa first opened at San Nicolo, I went there, but then I discovered that I was suffering from the stone, to and there- fore I had to leave in order to seek a cure for this malady; at that time its nature was unknown, but it was diagnosed 8 Upon taking charge of new confessands, confession covenng their entire lrves spintual during the medical treatments.