William of Paris (inquisitor)

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William of Paris, the confessor of Philip IV of France, was made inquisitor of France in 1305, and began a campaign against the Templars in 1307.[1] 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.[2]

In 1310 he presided over the trial of Marguerite Porete.[1]


  1. ^ a b Porete, Marguerite (1993). Ellen Babinsky, ed. The Mirror of Simple Souls. Paulist Press. p. 20. ISBN 0-8091-3427-6. 
  2. ^ Pike, Albert (1992). Magnum Opus Or the Great Work. Kessinger Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 1564592456.