The Trial of Galileo and the Roman Inquisition

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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