Aboagora 2012 – Inquisition Revisited by Pekka Tolonen, Reima Välimäki and working group

May 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

“By this letter, you are judicially called to appear before the inquisitor, in the place and time mentioned above, to tell pure and plain truth about yourself and others, concerning heresy you are publicly accused of.”

The workshop revisits the medieval inquisition of heretical depravity through the media of drama and fiction, but based on original sources interpreted by researchers of the topic. The office of inquisitor – shrouded by centuries of polemics and myths – may through reinterpretation create surprising connections to the contemporary world.

Pekka Tolonen, MA, is assistant of comparative religion. His academic interests include: new religious movements of the high middle ages; the organisation and actions of the early inquisition; the interplay of religion, sound and music.

Reima Välimäki graduated Master of Arts in General History at the University of Turku in 2011. He is currently writing his doctoral thesis in Cultural History on the control of lay religion in the late fourteenth-century inquisitions against Waldensians in Eastern and Southern Germany. In addition to late medieval history he is interested in medievalism and historiography of the Middle Ages. He has collaborated with the Medieval Market -festival at Turku in order to produce popularizations of medieval history, such as a dramatized disputation between a modern and a medieval doctor, presented during the last year’s festival.

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