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The Trial of Galileo, 1612-1633

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Edited by: Thomas F. Mayer

ISBN13: 9781442605190
Published: February 2013
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Country of Publication: Canada
Format: Paperback
Price: £17.99

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This unique reader allows students to examine Galileo's trial as a legal event and, in so doing, to learn about seventeenth-century European religion, politics, diplomacy, bureaucracy, culture, and science. Noted scholar of the trial Thomas F. Mayer has translated correspondence, legal documents, transcripts, and excerpts from Galileo's work to give students the opportunity to critically analyze primary sources relating to Galileo's trial. To help contextualize the trial, Mayer provides an introduction that details Galileo's life and work, the Council of Trent, the role of the papacy, and the Roman Inquisition, and gives a clear explanation of how a trial before the Inquisition would have been conducted. Each primary source begins with a headnote, questions to guide students through each source, and suggested readings. The book includes a comprehensive cast of characters, a map of Galileo's Rome, a chronology of Galileo's life, and a list of secondary readings.

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Legal History
A Note on Language and Translation
List of Abbreviations
Sites in Rome of Importance to Galileo's Trial
Cast of Characters

I. Sunspot Letters: The Cause of Most of the Trouble
II. Formal Proceedings Begin
III. The Inquisition and the Index Take Action
IV. Publication of Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems and the Beginning of the Trial's Second Phase
V. Summons to Rome and Galileo's Resistance
VI. Galileo Arrives in Rome
VII. Formal Proceedings Resume
VIII. Sentence and Abjuration Index