William of Paris (inquisitor)

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William of Paris, O.P., ( -1314), Dominican priest and theologian.[1]

William composed the Diologus de Septem Sacramentis at the Priory of St. Jacques in Paris between 1310 and 1314.[2]

He was confessor of Philip IV of France.

He was made inquisitor of France in 1303, and began a campaign against the Templars in 1307.[3] The arrest of the Templars led to Pope Clement V to suspend William's powers after a complaint from Edward II of England, but King Phillip's "bold and comtemptuous" written reply caused the Pope to back down and re-instate William.[4]

In 1310 he presided over the trial of Marguerite Porete.[3]


  1. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=Z4SO3_N1tdcC&pg=PA227&lpg=PA227&dq=%22William+of+Paris%22+1314+Dialogus&source=bl&ots=Nn_umKeeZ_&sig=ZHuGeD-aoHRUZTJppuxR7a85170&hl=en&sa=X&ei=J0XEVM-fEJCnyQSGt4GAAQ&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=%22William%20of%20Paris%22%201314%20Dialogus&f=false Accessed 24 Jan., 2015; Collected Works of Desiderius Erasmus, Controversies, p. 227
  2. ^ https://books.google.com/books?id=Y8Wk5Rm2FBMC&pg=PA41&lpg=PA41&dq=%22William+of+Paris%22+1314+Dialogus&source=bl&ots=nmmLTWLmY9&sig=k46sEZETl1Tdcz-DcnWavHbNCu0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=K0fEVNbvG8qHyAT70oKYCA&ved=0CCIQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22William%20of%20Paris%22%201314%20Dialogus&f=false Accessed 24 Jan., 2015
  3. ^ a b Porete, Marguerite (1993). Ellen Babinsky, ed. The Mirror of Simple Souls. Paulist Press. p. 20. ISBN 0-8091-3427-6. 
  4. ^ Pike, Albert (1992). Magnum Opus Or the Great Work. Kessinger Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 1564592456.