The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio: The True Story of a Convent in Scandal

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In 1858, a German princess, lately inducted into the convent of Sant’Ambrogio in Rome, wrote a frantic letter to her cousin, a confidant of the Pope, claiming that she feared for her existence. A next research through the Church’s Inquisition exposed the stunning secrets and techniques of a convent governed by way of a gorgeous younger mistress, who coerced her beginners into lesbian initiation rites and heresies, and who entered into a bootleg dating with a tender theologian. Drawing upon written testimony and unique records chanced on in a mystery Vatican archive, The Nuns of Sant’Ambrogio is the never-before-told actual tale of ways one lady used to be capable of perform deception, heresy, seduction, and homicide within the middle of the Catholic Church.

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A result of constitution of the tribunal, with its degrees associated by means of members and associations, in each Inquisition trial there are 3 forms of courtroom documents. First, the research records from the decrease part, documenting the paintings of the commissary and his deputies. they're handwritten all through, and contain the receipt and list of the denunciation, in addition to transcripts from the witness examinations and the interrogations of defendants. There also are short notes and comments from the reading pass judgement on, detailing the present place of the trial. those have been both made for the judge’s personal gain, or in practise for featuring the case to the higher point of the cardinals, or perhaps the pope. occasionally there also are letters to the cardinal secretary. the second one form of dossier contains vital records from the tribunal’s finding out point: transcripts of the meeting of consultors and their recommended judgements, in addition to the handwritten Decreta from the meeting of cardinals. the place worthwhile, written studies or judgments from person consultors on yes professional issues have been introduced into the conferences. The documents connecting the investigating and finding out degrees are the summaries of witness examinations (Relazioni) and the interrogations of defendants (Ristretti). those have been first drafted through hand, after which a number of copies have been published secretly and internally for the cardinals and consultors. within the sommario, it was once universal for a variety of key passages from the examinations to be offered verbatim. those experiences made by means of the investigative point shaped the foundation for the judgments made via the cardinals, and eventually the pope, in all Inquisition trials. occasionally the decision was once introduced publicly; occasionally it was once given in mystery. a method of asserting the decision in public was once to post the textual content of the judgment on huge posters, referred to as bandi. The bandi have been pasted to the doorways of the most Roman Catholic church buildings, and submit within the Campo de’ Fiori. the opposite choice was once to forgo a ebook of the judgment, informing in simple terms the folk excited by the trial. This process used to be very often selected, often to guard the folk concerned. 102 during this wisdom, allow us to take a more in-depth examine the to be had fabric at the case of Sant’Ambrogio. First, the records produced via the investigating component of the top tribunal, which, as traditional, begin with the Denunzia. The denunciator first needed to provide a sound cause of turning to the Inquisition. the cloth additionally needed to fall in the Holy place of work tribunal’s remit, which intended it needs to principally pertain to the safety of the genuine Catholic religion, and the safety opposed to heresy. Egotistical causes like hatred or resentment, and the goal to revenge oneself upon or damage an opponent, weren’t well-known. the single appropriate purposes for creating a criticism have been these of a “superior nature,” just like the “unburdening of conscience,” a “zeal for the Holy Faith,” the terror of being excommunicated, and, exceptionally, being steered to bitch via one’s confessor.

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