CONFESSION OF HUGUETTE, WIFE OF JEAN DE VIENNE, PERFECT
HERETICAL SECT OF THE VAUDOIS OR THE POOR OF LYON
In the year of our Lord 1319, Thursday the eve of Saint-Laurent (the 9
Reverend Father in Christ My Lord Jacques, Bishop of Pamiers by the Grace of God, seated at
des Allemans castle, attended by Brother Gaillard de Pomiès, whom My Lord the Inquisitor of
Carcassonne had assigned to him, and by My Lord Pierre du Verdier, archdeacon of Majorque,
had Huguette de la Côte brought into his presence in the diocese of Lyon, by her own belief wife
of Jean Marinier, citizen of Arles, whom he had detained in his prison on account of certain
denunciations made against them, of which she was strongly suspected.
Therefore, when she was in his presence, because he wanted to investigate concerning
this matter, he ordered and advised her several times to swear to tell the pure and entire truth
regarding herself as the defendant and all others, living or dead, as a witness, presenting her
with a book containing the Gospel.
The said Huguette said and responded that she would not swear in any way, and that she
did not dare swear, alleging the fact that she was pregnant, and that, as had happened to others
who were pregnant and had sworn, she would have a miscarriage.
That is why she feared that if
she swore, the same thing would happen to her.
She said that a priest named Jean, who was the
prior of Saint-Michel de l’Echelle in Arles, had forbidden her to swear, and that this was the
reason she did not wish to swear in any way.
Why did you come to the village of Pamiers?
To serve and help this Pierre, who is my uncle, my mother’s brother, and of delicate health.
worked for a long time at the seat of the Roman Papal Court, for I’ve heard from several people
that he was a great cleric.
Why did he leave the Roman Papal Court?