In general, however, the Inquisitors themselves, the Dominicans and Franciscans, while eminently well qualified for the task, found it difficult and burdensome, entailing bitter recriminations, bodily injury, expulsion, and even death. The local bishops still retained the obligation to deal with heresy and the Inquisitors always consulted with them and involved them in major decisions. But the birthpangs of a new institution brought stress and misunderstandings which were constantly referred to Rome…

With a few notable exceptions the Friar Inquisitors were punctilious in following the legal code of their office. In this regard it is of more than passing interest to note the opinion of Theodore de Cauzons, himself no apologist for the Inquisition: “The cases of corruption of which we know are very rare, and everything leads us to suppose a general uprightness joined to a rigorous discipline among the inquisitorial personnel”.

Albert Shannon, The Medieval Inquisition (1991)

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