Monthey is the capital of the (Swiss) Chablais (canton Valais), located at the feets of the Dents du-Midi, the Portes du Soleil, the Val d’Illiez and the river Vièze. The name and the castle of the town appear for the first time in the thirteenth century (castrum Monteyz). The local dynasty de Monthéleo is much … Read more » “Monthey”

Wibrandis Rosenblatt

Wibrandis Rosenblatt (1504-1564) lived in the rectory of St. Martin’s Church in Basel, near the cathedral on the Münster. She was married to the reformer Johannes Oecolampadius or Oekolampad (1482-1531), one of the reformers in Basel. The Reformation and this marriage had nothing to do with emancipation. Wibrandis took care of the household and was … Read more » “Wibrandis Rosenblatt”

The Thirteen Stars of Valais

The canton of Valais became a member of the Swiss Confederation of twenty-two cantons in 1815. Until the French invasion in January 1798, the Republic of the Seven Tithings (Republik der Sieben Zenden, Républik des sept Dizains) in the Upper Valais (Haut-Valais, Oberwallis) ruled the territory. From 1476 onwards this Republic occupied the Lower Valais … Read more » “The Thirteen Stars of Valais”