An example of the document.

About the trial document

The document which forms the basis of this project is the minutes from the Inquisition trial of Sellem as recorded by the notary. It contains initial witness statements, books of magic which form part of the evidence against Sellem, the cross-examination of Sellem by the Inquisitor Hector Diotallevio, and the final verdict. The text is primarily in the form of questions and answers, with the questions in Latin and the answers in Italian. The magic books are in a combination of Italian and Arabic, thus demonstrating the highly diverse society of Malta at the time.