Description/notes on Brenda Stumpf's piece titled Fueled:
Watercolor, charcoal and plaster on paper

The punishment recognized by the Church for heresy was being burnt alive. The church not only defined the guilt and forced its punishment, but also created the crime itself. History was written to order by Church historians who claimed the Church took no part in the corporal punishment of heretics, but a bull of Pope Leo X had exposed the fiction of the church's innocence in 1521. The Senate of Venice had refused to go-ahead with numerous executions ordered by the Inquisition, and the Pope wrote that the Senate should not intervene anymore, but promptly, without inspecting the sentences made by the ecclesiastical judges, execute.

-- Walker, Barbara G., The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1983. Page 442.


from The Inquisition, released October 31, 2019


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