- Jewish merchant who had been buying silks in Venice in 1348.
- Was arrested in Chatel, on the shores of Lake Geneva, and tried on October 20, 1348.
- Confessed that he had deliberately poisoned the wells of Venice with a 'special powder' which had produced the plague (Black Death).
- The confession was extracted after considerable torture, and was almost certainly a false confession to stop the agony he was experiencing.
- To prevent further torment before his execution, Agimet was coerced to say that Rabbi Peyret of Chambery (near Geneva) was the chief conspirator of the poisoning plot.
- The translation of the official confession (obtained under torture) by Agimet of Geneva is shown here.
- In the aftermath of Agimet's "confession," ~900 Jews of Strasbourg were burned alive on February 14, 1349.
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