Aegidius Tschudi


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Tschudi, Aegidius

 

(also GilgTschudi). Born Feb. 5,1505, in Glarus; died there Feb. 28,1572. Swiss historian.

From 1558 to 1560, Tschudi was chief magistrate of Glarus. A Catholic, he persecuted the followers of H. Zwingli. His main historical work was Chronicon Helveticum (Swiss Chronicle; vols. 1–2, 1734–36), which dealt with the period from 1000 to 1400; he incorporated many sources in this work, including some that he was the first to use. In the 19th century, historians identified as legendary much of the information contained in Tschudi’s chronicle, such as the story of William Tell.

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In 1560 he was concerned in the reprint of the brief description of Switzerland by Aegidius Tschudi, originally printed by Munster in 1538 to accompany Tschudi's big map of Switzerland.
The sacred and secular music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (chapter four) introduces two figures, Manfred Barbarini Lupus and Aegidius Tschudi, neither of them monks, whose work is found in the collection of the Stiftsbibliothek.
In 1570, Catholic conservative historian Aegidius Tschudi merged earlier diverging accounts of William Tell into the story (summarised above) on which Friedrich von Schiller based his play of 1804, Wilhelm Tell.