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. ^ Controversies. University of Toronto Press. 2012-01-01. p. 227. ISBN 9781442641150. 
  2. ^ The Gilson Lectures on Thomas Aquinas. PIMS. 2008-01-01. ISBN 9780888447302. 
  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.