Twenty Years of Witchcraft Research at the University of Lausanne (19892009) K AT H R I N U T Z T R E M P University of Lausanne With the retirement of Professor Agostino Paravicini Bagliani at the beginning of 2009, an era came to an end at the University of Lausanne--an era in which a coterie of scholars under his direction had focused intensively on religious and cultural history, on the history of the canton of Vaud and the Savoy states, and of course on late medieval witch hunts.1 This article concerns itself only with the last theme, the persecution of witches in western Switzerland, which was among the earliest such waves of persecution in Europe (major witch-hunting occurred earlier only in Dauphine). This ´ theme was predestined, in a way, since the cantonal archives of Vaud (Archives cantonales vaudoises, hereafter ACV) contain a register that records twentyseven of the earliest witch trials. The register itself did not originate in the Middle Ages, but was assembled at the beginning of the twentieth century, probably by Maxime Reymond, archivist of the canton of Vaud from 1915 until 1942. He also published the first studies about these cases: an
Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Dec 2, 2010
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