De idiota inquirendo
, and De lunatico inquirendo
were writs to compel individuals to be examined before a jury panel to ascertain their mental competence to manage their land, or to determine their future care.
In 1836, a Commission de lunatic inquirendo
had declared the-then landlord, Revd Maurice Mahon (1772-1845), 2nd Baron Hartland, a lunatic, and vested his estate in the Court of Chancery, to be followed by a nine-year lawsuit between potential heirs to settle who should inherit the estate.
Aldhelm not only praises the scholarship of the nuns more generally but he also acknowledges that the nuns themselves wrote verse: "Nunc grammaticorum regulas et ortograforum disciplinas tonis temporibus trutinatas, pedibus poeticis compactas, per cola et commata hoc est pentimemeren et eptimemeren diremptas, immo centenis metrorum generibus sequestratim discretas sagaciter inquirendo
" (61) [Now, sagaciously inquiring into the rules of the grammarians and the teachings of experts on spelling and the rules of metrics (as they are) measured out into accents (and) times, fitted into poetic feet, broken up into cola and commata--that is into pentimemeres and eptimemeres--and indeed, divided into a hundred kinds of metre] (62).
Matters become more sinister the next morning when Michael attends a meeting with a company called Inquirendo
, who offer to back Stephen's research as long as he endorses their new super-database, that will essentially give the powers-that-be complete control over checking potential terror suspects.
It evaluates the attractiveness of an object in a typically rational, discursive manner ("inquirendo
et conferendo"), although the contents of its thoughts are particular ("collativa intentionum particularium").