Using the knowledge that you have of the Inquisition, and the knowledge that you have about how historians can (and do) use inquisitorial records, respond to: What does Galileo’s trial(s) before the Roman Inquisition tell us about the relationship between science and religion and about the nature of patronage/social ties in Early Modern Europe? To do so, think about: What is revealed through the trial records themselves – how does Galileo behave? how is he treated? what are the tribunal’s major questions and concerns? And, what is revealed in the related documents – what can we learn about Galileo’s relationships? or about the intellectual and political climate?
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