chapter  17
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Learning by Doing: Coping with Inquisitors in Medieval Languedoc

The twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth centuries were a period of great development in the institutions of governance in medieval Europe. The amateurish and ad hoc governing practices of the eleventh and early twelfth centuries gave way to ever more professionalized and bureaucratic ways of doing things. The overwhelming mass of archival documents bearing witness to this is matched by the extensive historical literature on the subject. The evidence we have, however, gives us a onesided impression of this phenomenon.