Witches and Witchtrials in Switzerland


Compiled by Marc Carlson
It was last edited 9 June 2004

Much of this work was based on the "Calender of Witch Trials" in European witch trials, their foundations in popular and learned culture, 1300-1500.  Berkeley: University of California Press, by Richard Keickhefer.  Please note, this listing is not intended to be exhaustive, but is an ongoing compilation, as this evidence comes out.

Switzerland

Date Place # Name Sex Notes and sources:
1397 Switzerland, Appenzel 1 ? f Woman executed by secular court for sorcery (infliction of disease on animals). (Sources: Schiess, Gerichtswesen, 93 (from MS).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1398 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ? f Woman charged before municipal court with sorcery (possibly love magic, directed against husband of accuser) and other offenses. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 524.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1399 Switzerland, Basel 1 ?? f Woman banished by municipal court for sorcery (infliction of poverty). (Sources: Buxtorf-Falkeisen, Baslerische Stadt- und Laesgeschichten, IV, xii; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 524.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1400 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ??? f Woman tried before municipal court for sorcery. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 524.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1401 Switzerland, Geneva 1 ??? f Woman tried before court of vidame; had allegedly used divination to detect stolen objects, and also invoked the devil, who appeared in form of man; under torture, confessed to having summoned devil so he could tell her the circumstances of thefts; several witnesses testified that they had used her services, but knew nothing about diabolical Invocations. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 524-6; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 384; Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 247; Russell, Witchcraft, 209.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1402 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ??? ? Trial for defamation before municipal court; one woman accused that another had called her a thief and a sorceress. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 526.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1406 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ??? f A woman tried as a "sorceress" for giving a man a "poisoned" apple; perhaps inadvertantly giving a lethal poison instead of an aphrodisiac or a love potion. (Sources: Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages, 81; Hansen, Quellen, 527.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1406 Switzerland, Valais 1 ??? m Man declared to be innocent of "ars sortilegii". (Sources: Gremaud, Documents, VII; Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces', 176)
1407 Switzerland, Basel ? ??? f Numerous women banished by municipal court for sorcery and Invocation, especially use of spells and potions to bring about love, illness, and death. (Sources: Buxtorf-Falkeisen, Baselerische Stadt- und Laesgeschichten', IV, 1 -25; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 527. Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 247; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 382f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1414 Switzerland, Basel 1 ??? f Woman banished by municipal court for sorcery; magical substances discovered in her possession. (Sources: Buxtorf-Falkeisen, Baselerische Stadt- und Laesgeschichten, IV, xii; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 527.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1416 Switzerland, Basel 2 ??? f Banished by municipal court for sorcery and attempted suicide.  (Sources: Buxtorf-Falkeisen, Baselerische Stadt- und Laesgeschichten, IV, xii; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 527.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1418 Switzerland, Valais 1 "Lord of Anniviers" m accused In 1418 of failing to prosecute persons charged with witchcraft (sortilegium). (Sources: Gromaud, Documents, VII, 269. Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces', 176.)
1419 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ??? m Tried and acquitted by municipal court for witchcraft (Sources: Schacher, Hexenwesen 1m Kanton Luzern, 64f.; excerpt In Hansen, Quellen, 528. Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 247; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 385.)
1420 Switzerland, Appenzell 1 ??? f Beheaded by secular court for sorcery; had killed woman with poisoned apple, and bewitched cows. (Sources: Schiess, Gerichtswesen, 93 (from MS).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1424 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 Schurchen, Jacob M Municipal court obtained (presumably on occasion of witchcraft at Lucerne) letter from provost at Interlaken, Indicating that Jacob Schurchen had been found guilty there of minor offenses but not witchcraft. (Sources: Hamm, Quelien, 530. Hansen, Zauberwahn, 385.)
1427 Switzerland, Appenzell 1 ??? f Tried by secular court for sorcery; had brought illness and death on animals. (Sources: Schiess, Gerichtswesen, 93f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1427 Switzerland, Zurich 1 ??? m Priest tried by municipal court for maleing man lame through sorcery. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 53 1 (cited from MS); Schweitzer,'Hexenprozess', 26 (from MS); Hansen, Zauberwahn, 385f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1428 Switzerland, Valais 100+ ??? ? Burning of numerous subjects by secular court; judicial records speak of sortilegium; chronicle speaks of sorcery to Induce murder, counter-sorcery, theft of milk from cows, destruction of crops, and diabolism. This is the first case that we have evidence for the fully developed stereotype of the Witch (Sources: Gremaud, Documents, VI, 549-51 (judicial records); Hansen, Quellen, esp. 533-7 (chronicle). Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1,247; Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces', 176; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials; Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages.)
1428 Switzerland, Valais 1 ??? m Executed (probably by ecclesiastical court) for witchcraft (multa sortilegia et crimen sortilegie). (Sources: Gremaud, Documents, VII, 531f Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces', 176f)
1431 Switzerland, Faido 1 ??? f Tried by secular court for sorcery (killing); acquitted. (Sources: 'Le streghe neha levendna', 144f.; account reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 544.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1432 Switzerland,Constance 1 ??? ? Executed for witchcraft. (Sources: Midelfort, Witch Hunting, 201.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials.)
1432 Switzerland, Faido 1 ??? f tried by Inquisitor, confessed Invocation. (Sources:  'Le streghe nefla levendm', 145; account reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 456; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 419; Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 232f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1433 Switzerland, Basel 1 ??? f Woman tried by municipal court for riding on wolf. (Sources: Buxtorf- Falkeisen, Baslerische Stadt- und Ldesgeschkhten, IV, xiii; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 545.1; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1433 Switzerland, Lucerne 5 ??? ? Tried by municipal court for sorcery (Source: Schacher, Hexenwesen, 34.)
1438 Switzerland, Lausanne 1 Aymonetus m Son of Jaquetus Mangetaz) abjured heresy (i.e., diabolism) before Inquisitor. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol.1-3)
c1438 Switzerland, Lausanne 1 Mangetaz, Jaquetus m Burned, probably by Inquisitor, presumably for diabolism; case known only from reference In later Inquisition. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 1-3.)
1441 Switzerland, Bern 4 ??? ? trials for witchcraft, mentioned In trial of 1441. (Sources: Tfirier, 'Hexen- und Zauberwesen', 80.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1441 Switzerland, Bern 1 ??? m Trial for defamation before municipal court one man had called another a male witch (hachtscher) and sorcerer. (Sources: Tiirler, 'Hexen- und Zauberwesen', 80. 126 calendar of Witch Trials; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1441 Switzerland, Bern 1 ??? ? Trial for defamation before municipal court; accused had allegedly tried to Induce a small girl to Incriminate her parents by telling how they used sorcery to raise storms. (Sources: Tirler, 'Hexen- und Zauberwesen'. 80.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
c1444 Switzerland, Valais ? ??? ? Unspecified persons tried for sortilegium by major of Rarogne; Incident known only from letter of bishop of Sion restricting further prosecution. (Sources: Gremaud, Documents, viii, 267f Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces, 163)
1447 Switzerland, Valais ? ??? ? Numerous persons tried by secular court as witches (sortilege); Incident known from letter of bishop of Sion restricting further prosecution. (Sources: Grenaud, Documents, VIII, 354-6, 365-8; reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 551, Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 249; Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces', 163, 167f, 178.)
1448 Switzerland, Bern 1 ??? f Woman tried by secular court for sorcery (killing woman); died under torture. (Sources: lespy, 'Les sorci'eres', 59; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 552. Hansen, Zauberwahn, 428; Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 25 1 -; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1448 Switzerland, Lausanne 1 ??? f Woman executed, probably by Inquisitor, for witchcraft; Incident cited In later trial. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS Ac 29, fol. 29-40, passim.)
1448 Switzerland, Lausanne 1 ??? m Executed by Inquisitor for diabolism and sorcery (infliction of Illness and death, raising storms). (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 5-28. Reymond, 'La sorcellerie', 7, 10, 13.)
1448 Switzerland, Lausanne 1 ??? m Tried by Inquisitor for diabolism and sorcery (raising storms, killing children). (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 56-68. Reymond, 'La sorcellerie', 3, 6, 10, 12, 14.)
1448 Switzerland, Lausanne 1 ??? m Tried by Inquisitor for witchcraft; given absolution and penances. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 44-55.)
1448 Switzerland, Lausanne 1 ??? f Tried by Inquisitor for sorcery (love magic) and diabolism; had been accused by former subjects. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 29-40.)
1449 Switzerland, Conthey 1 ??? m Tried by ecclesiastical court for heresy and sorcery; released to secular court; secular authority Independently condemned subjects to burning; sentence protested by local secular authorities, claiming judicial autonomy, and protest upheld. (Sources: Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces', 158f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1449 Switzerland, Conthey 1 ??? f Tried by ecclesiastical court for heresy and sorcery; released to secular court; secular authority Independently condemned subjects to burning; sentence protested by local secular authorities, claiming judicial autonomy, and protest upheld. (Sources: Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces', 158f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1449 Switzerland, Lausanne 1 ??? m tried by Inquisitor for witchcraft. (Sources: Archives calendar of Witch Trials 129 Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 104-13. Reymond, 'La sorcellerie'; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1449 Switzerland, Valais 1 ??? m Tried for sortilegium by ecclesiastical court. (Sources: Bertrand, 'Notes sur les proces', 172; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1450 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ??? f Tried by municipal court for sorcery (weather magic, love magic, destruction of crops), counter-sorcery, diabolism (including abuse of eucharist). (Sources: Hoffinann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten', 30-3; cited In Hansen, Quelen, 556. Hansen, Zauberwahn, 442; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1450 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 Else of Meersburg f Tried by municipal court for weather magic, diabolism, Invocation, riding on dogs and wolves. (Sources: Hoffinann- Krayer, 'Luzerner Akten', 25-9; reprinted In Hansen, Quelen, 553-5. Hansen, Zauberwahn, 442; Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1451 Switzerland, Basel ? ? ? Charges raised against unspecified number of witches; case known only from reference in later proceedings. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 556.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1451 Switzerland, Basel 1 ? f Woman executed by secular court for witchcraft - may be included in unknown number mentioned above. (Sources: Buxtorf- Falkeisen, Baskrische Stadt- und Ldesgeschichten, IV, xiii; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 556.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1453 Switzerland, Constance 1 ? m Unknown   Man, Woman, and boy tried for weather magic by secular court; woman (and boy?) burned. (Sources: Hansen, Quelien, 561. Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 253 (erroneously states that man was burned).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1453 Switzerland, Constance 1 ? f Burned.  Man, Woman, and boy tried for weather magic by secular court; woman (and boy?) burned. (Sources: Hansen, Quelien, 561. Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 253 (erroneously states that man was burned).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1453 Switzerland, Constance 1 ? b Burned?  Man, Woman, and boy tried for weather magic by secular court; woman (and boy?) burned. (Sources: Hansen, Quelien, 561. Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 253 (erroneously states that man was burned).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1454 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 Hindremstein, Dorothea f Sentenced In absentia to burning by municipal court for sorcery (infliction of illness on men and animals, infliction of death on animals) and magic. (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, Luzemer Akten, 33-9; reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 561-5. Cohn, Europe's Inner Demons, 242; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials; Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages.)
1454 Switzerland, Bern/Solothurn ? ? ? Numerous persons burned as witches. (Sources:  Anton von Tillier, Geschichte des eidgendssischen Freistaates Bern, ii (Bern, 1838), 516; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 56i.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1455 Switzerland, Locarno 1 ? f Woman burned by secular court for witchcraft. (Sources: 'Una s'trep nel 1455', Bolkttino storico delta Svizzera 1taliana, III (188i), 62; cited In Hansen, Quelien, 565.)
1456 Switzerland, Valais 1 ? f Woman burned by secular court as witch. (Sources: Hansen, Quelen, 569.)


1457-9 Switzerland, Faido 32 ? ? 32 persons tried by secular court for sorcery (weather, affliction of men and animals) and diabolism; most burned. 'Le streghe nella leventina', VI; Hansen, Quellen, 570; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 442; Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 250f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1458 Switzerland, Constance ? ? ? Man burned by secular court for sorcery (weather magic, theft of milk from cows). (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 570. Hansen, Zamberwahn, 430-; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1458 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man burned by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and killing of children. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 72-87, gi. Reymond, 'La sorcellerie', 7; Reymond, 'Cas de sorcellerie', 8i-3.)

1459 Switzerland, Andermatt ? ? ? Kattryna Simon beheaded by municipal court for diabolism, sorcery (causing avalanches, Inflicting 1llness, Inflicting death on animals and Infants), and transformation of self Into animal. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 57I-5. Hansen, Zauberwahn, 443.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1459 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Woman tried by Inquisitor for diabolism. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS Ac 29, fol. 92-100) 1459 Switzerland, Valais 1 ?? m Man tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism. Bertrand 31 'Notes sur les proc'es', 159f)

1459 Switzerland, Valais 1 ?? f Woman tried by ecclesiastical court for witchcraft. Bertrand, 'Notes sur les pr@', 172.)

1460 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ?? ? Unspecified number of persons burned as witches by secular court. (Sources: Hoffinann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten', 39; cited In Hansen, Quelen, 576.) 1461 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and sorcery (weather magic, destruction of crops, Inffiction of death o children and animals). (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 136-5i. Reyinond, 'La sorceherie', 4, 7; Reymond, 'Cas de sorceflerie', 83-6.)

1461 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Woman burned by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and sorcery (killing children). (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS Ac 29, fol. 120-35. Reyinond, 'Cas de sorcederie', 86f)

1462 Switzerland, Alpnach ? ? ? Woman charged with witchcraft. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 57 (partly paraphrased); summ In Hoffinann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten 40.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1462 Switzerland, Valais 1 ?? m Man executed by ecclesiastical court for witchcraft. Bertran 'Notes sur les proc@', 16o.)

1462 Switzerland, Zurich ? ? ? Woman banished by municipal court for sorcery. Hans Quellen, 576; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 430; Schweizer, 'Der Hexenprozess', 2; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1462 Switzerland, Zurich ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for sorcery (harm to men a animals). Hansen, Quellen, 576; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 430; Schweiz 'Der Hexenprozess', 26,f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1463 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for love magic. (Sources: Hoffma Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten', 23.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1463 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for teaching love magic. Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten', 22f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1464 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Peffussone Gapit executed by ecclesiastical co witnesses accused her of sorcery (infliction of 1llness, killing of Infant); under Interrogation, confessed sorcery (weather magic, killing children) and diabolism. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 160-86. Reymond, 'Cas de sorcellerie', 87-90-)

1465 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for sorcery (love magic?). (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten', 23f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1466 Switzerland, Biel ? ? ? Man tried by secular court for diabolism and sorcery (causing avalanches, weather magic, harm to men and animals, death to animals, harm to buildings). Kimpfen, Hexen und Hexenprozesse, 25 (from MS); summarized In Hansen, Quellen, 576; Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 249.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1467 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Woman burned by municipal court for witchcraft. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen', 1I, 59; reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 577f Hansen, Zauberwahn, 430, 434; Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 255.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials) 1467 Switzerland, Biel ? ? ? Man tried by secular court for diabolism. and sorcery (weather magic; Infliction of death, stillbirth, and 1llness upon men; Infliction of harm on animals). Kimpfen, Hexen und Hexenprozesse, 25, 49 (from MS); sununarized In Hansen, Que&nl 577-; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1469 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Woman tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 196-200.)

1469 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by secular court for witchcraft. (Sources: Hoffmann- Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten', 24.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1471 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for witchcraft. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen', 1I, 6o; excerpt In Hansen, Quellen, 579.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1471 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Woman burned by municipal court for witchcraft. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen'. II, 6o; excerpt In Hansen, Quellen, 579.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1473 Switzerland, Aargau 1 ? f Woman burned for love magic. Bader, Hexenprozesse, 179.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1473 Switzerland, Bern 2 ? ? 2 women tried by municipal court for weather magic. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen'. ii, 6o; reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 580.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1473 Switzerland, Bern 14 ? ? 14 men and women condemned by Vogt of Grasburg as witches. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen'. ii, 60; reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 580. Hansen, Zauberwahn, 440.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1476 Switzerland, Aargau 1 ? w Woman punished for witchcraft, then released. (Source: Bader, Hexenprozesse, 179.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1477 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and sorcery (weather magic, killing people and animals). (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 228-43, 251-3.)
1477 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried, presumably by ecclesiastical court, for witchcraft; case known only from reference In later trial. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 233.)
1477 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Woman tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 208-20) 225. Reymond, 'La sorcellerie", 1 i; Reymond, 'Cas de sorceherie', gof)

1477 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried by ecclesiastical court for witchcraft. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 254A.)
1477 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Man banished by municipal court for dedicating self to evil spirit. S r Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten'. 24.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1478 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Woman tried by secular court for witchcraft. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen', IV, 227; reprinted In Hans.ens Quelien, 58o.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1478 Switzerland, Valais ? ?? ? (Sources: Reference given In Russell, Witchcraft, but not borne out In Hansen or Tobler.)
1479 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Man tried by secular court for deeds of witchcraft (handlung der hexen); acquitted. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen', IV, 237.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1479 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Woman tried by secular court for witchcraft. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen', IV, 237.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1479 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and killing children. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 264-73.)
148? Switzerland, Constance 1 Walpurgis f Burned for teaching how to preserve silence by burning first-born sons in an oven (Malleus maleficarum, p.103; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1480 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Unspecified number of persons tried by municipal court as witches (or heretics?); case taken from episcopal jurisdiction. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen'. IV, 237 (with conunentary on following page). Hansen, Zauberwahn, 440-; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1480 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and child-killing. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 303-10. Reymond, 'La sorceuerie', 3, 8f)
1480 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Woman tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 276-96.)
1480c Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for sorcery (harm to men, animals, and crops; death to animals; weather magic). (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten', 8i-6.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1481 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for witchcraft. (Sources: Tobler, Zum Hexenwesen', IV, 237.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1481 Switzerland, Lugano ? ? ? Unspecified number of men burned by secular court as witches. Hansen, Quellen, 581.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Appenzell ? ? ? Woman tried by secular court for theft and sorcery, but reLeased. Schiess, Gerichtswesen, 94f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Trial for defamation before municipal court; one man had claimed that another's family was given to witchcraft (von hexen geskcht komme); offending party made retraction. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen" IV, 238.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Man tried by secular court as witch. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen 7, IV, 237; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 583.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man executed by ecclesiastical court for diabolism, child-killing, and Invocation. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 313-27. Reymond, 'La sorcellerie', 4, 11-)
1482 Switzerland, Liestal ? ? ? Woman burned by secular court, probably as witch. Hansen, Quellen, 582 (from MS).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ? f A woman banished by municipal court for witchcraft and sorcery (inadvertantly giving a lethal poison instead of an aphrodisiac.) (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzerner Akten', 24, no.6; Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages, 81; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ? f Woman tried by municipal court for witchcraft and sorcery. (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzerner Akten', 24, no. 7.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ? f Woman tried by municipal court for witchcraft; had abused eucharist. (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzerner Akten', 87; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 582.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ? f Woman taken to Lucerne as witch, and presumably tried by municipal court. (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzerner Akten', 40.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ? f Unspecified number of persons burned by secular court as witches; had performed weather magic. (Sources: Segesser, Eidgendssische Abschiede, 120; reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 582; Anshelm, Berner-Chronik, 1, 224.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482 Switzerland, Murten ? ? ? Woman burned by secular court for witchcraft (evidently Including diabolism). (Sources: Anshelm Switzerland, Berner-Chronik, 1, 2.24. Hansen, Quellen, 583; Hansen, Zauberwahn, 430.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1482-6 Switzerland, Constance 48 Various (see Below) ? Tried for Witchcraft by Henry Institoris (including 8 mentioned below, 1484, Ravensburg)(Malleus Maleficarum (Summers Ed. 91f,111,114,146,160) 95,119,122,158,174; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 500. Summers erroneously translates place name as Ratisbon (or Regensburg).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1483-4 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man and woman executed for witchcraft, probably by ecclesiastical court; case known only from reference In later proceedings. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29, fol. 336, 339, 341.)
1483-4 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS Ac 29, fol. 333-41.)
1485 Switzerland, Boltingen 1 Stadlin m Burned. Accused of inducing miscarriage with a serpent; judged by John Nider. (Malleus maleficarum, pp.90,118,146,148)
1485 Switzerland, Berne 1 Staufer m Accused of changing into a mouse and was eventually stabbed (Malleus maleficarum, p.148; ; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1485 Switzerland, Constance 1 Agnes f Tortured and Burned. A Bath-Woman, Accused of causing hail storms in the field of Kuppel; judged by Gelre (Malleus maleficarum, pp.97,146,148; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1485 Switzerland, Constance 1 Hengst m Accused of curing people. (Malleus maleficarum, p.160; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1485 Switzrld, Constance 1 Anna Von Mindelheim f Tortured and Burned. Accused of causing hail storms in the field of Kuppel; judged by Gelre (Malleus maleficarum, p.148; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1485 Switzerland, Laussane/Boltingen 1 Stadlin m Burned. Accused of inducing miscarriage with a serpent; judged by John Nider. (Malleus maleficarum, pp.90,118,146,148; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1486 Switzerland, Bern ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for witchcraft; acquitted. (Sources: Tobler, 'Zum Hexenwesen', IV, 238.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1486 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ? f Woman tried by municipal court as witch. (Sources: Schacher, Hexenwesen, 65; cited In Hoffmann-Krayer,'Luzemer Akten, 8i n. 1; cf also Hansen, Quellen, 586.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1486 Switzerland, Lucerne 1 ? f Tried by municipal court for sorcery (weather magic, theft of milk). (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten, 87; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 586.; Kieckhefer, Magic in the Middle Ages, 82; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1486-7 Switzerland, Altdorf ? ? ? Trial for defamation before secular court; 4 or 5 women accused of witchcraft. (Sources: Schweizer, 'Der Hexenprozess', 27f (from MS).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1487 Switzerland, Zurich ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for diabolism and sorcery (illness to animals and men, death to men) and curing. Hansen, Quellen, 586; Schweizer, 'Der Hexenprozen', 28 (from MS); Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 256.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1489 Switzerland, Baden ? ? ? Woman tried by secular authorities for weather magic. (Sources: Segesser, Eidgeno'ssi'sche 4bschiede, 32-3; reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 587f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1489 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by secular court for sorcery (illness to men and animals, death to animals). (Sources: Hoffmann-Krayer, 'Luzerner Akten', 88-91; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 588.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1490 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman taken to Lucerne as witch, and presumably tried by municipal court. (Sources: Hoffinann-Krayer, 'Luzemer Akten', 40.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1490 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court as witch and evil woman (bass wib). Schacher, Hexenwesen, 65 (from MS).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)

1490 Switzerland, Lucerne 2 ? ? Women burned by municipal court, presumably as witches. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 588.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1490 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman burned by secular court for weather-magic and diabolism. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 588. Schneller,'Hexenwesen', 352-; Kasinlir Pfyffer, Geschichte der Stadt und des Kantons Luzern, 1 (Switzerland, Lucerne, 1850), 2-40f; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1491 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court as witch. Hansen, Quellen, 588.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1491 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court as witch. Hansen, Quellen, 588.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1493 Switzerland, Constance ? ? ? Woman tried by secular court for diabolism; allegedly killed by devil In jail. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 592. Lea, Materials toward a history of witchcraft, 1, 257.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1493 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman banished by municipal court for witchcraft. (Sources: Excerpt In Hansen, Quellen, 592. Schacher, Hexenwesen, 65 (from MS).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1493 Switzerland, Zurich ? ? ? Woman tried by secular court for diabolism and sorcery (weather magic, theft of milk). Hansen, Quelien, 592; Schweizer, 'Der Hexenprozess'. 28f (from MS).; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1494 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Trial for defamation; people of Russwil charged 2 men of defaming them as harboring witches guilty of weather magic. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 595.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1494 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman burned by vogt of Baden for witchcraft (Sources: Paraphrase In Segesser, Eidgenissische abschkde, 45I; reprinted In Hansen, Quellen, 594.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1494 Switzerland, Zurich ? ? ? Woman tried by secular court for witchcraft, magic, and riding on wolf (Sources: Paraphrase In Segesser, Eidgendssische Abschkde, 449; reprinted In 'Der Hexenprozess', 29 (same case?).(Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 594. Schweizer,; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1495 Switzrld, Constance ? ? ? Woman burned by secular court for diabolism and weather magic. (Sources: Hansen, Quellen, 595.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1495 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Unspecified number of women tried by municipal court on other witches' charge of witchcraft. (Source: Hansen, Quellen, 595 (from MS); Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1495 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Unspecified number of women tried by municipal court on other witches' charge of witchcraft. (Source: Hansen, Quellen, 595 (from MS); Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1498 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried by ecclesiastical court for witchcraft; witnesses accused him of sorcery (killing animals and child, poison attempt) and falling from sky; under Interrogation, confessed diabolism. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29,fol. 365-87,396; cf Ibid., 405. Reymond, 'Cas de sorceberie', 91-4.)
1498 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Woman tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and sorcery (harm to men and animals); collapsed upon confrontation with testimony from convicted witches. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS Ac 29, fol. 349-62.)
1498 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Woman tried by ecclesiastical court for diabolism and sorcery (using children and animals). (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29,fol. 399-409; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1498 Switzerland, Lausanne ? ?? ? Man tried by ecclesiastical court for sorcery (killing men and animals) and diabolism; confessed after torture. (Sources: Archives Cantonales Vaudoises, MS AC 29,fol. 4I 5-34. Reymond, 'La sorcellerie'. 11; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1499 Switzerland, Lucerne ? ? ? Woman tried by municipal court for sorcery (weather magic, poisoning, illness to men) and riding on wolf. (Sources: Hoffinann-Krayer, 'Luzerner Akten', 91-5; cited In Hansen, Quellen, 596.; Kieckhefer, European Witch Trials)
1515 Switzerland, Geneva 500 ???? ? Burned. (Sources: ?)
1591-1600 Switzerland, Berne 300 ???? ? Burned (Sources: ?)
1599 Switzerland, Vaud 77 ??? ? Burned (Sources: ?)
1782 (6/17) Switzerland, Glaris 1 Goeldin, Anna f Hanged for witchcraft. "Last witch burned in Europe." (Sources: ?)


Some Statistics:

1527-1681 Switzerland, Geneva   285    ???      ?    Tried. 75%  Women; 22% Actually executed. (Source: McLachlan, et al. "Witchcraft and Rape" in Levack.)
1541-1720 Switzerland, Solothurn     137   ??? ?     Tried. 81% Women (Source: McLachlan, et al. "Witchcraft and Rape"; Monter, E. William. "Patterns of Witchcraft in the Jura". in Levack.)
1573-1662 Switzerland, Geneva   214    ???      ?    Tried. 82%  Women; (Source: Monter, E. William. "Patterns of  Witchcraft in the Jura". in Levack.)

Historical Witches and Witchtrials in Switzerland. 

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